More children get school of choice

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MORE children in the Spalding area have been given a place at the secondary school of their choice through this year’s admissions system.

Unlike other parts of the country – where as many as 59 per cent of applications were rejected – 94 per cent or 6,940 children in Lincolnshire will have their first preference school.

This is an improvement on last year, when 92.8 per cent got their first choice of school.

The figure for second preference offers is 4.5 per cent (333) compared to 6.0 per cent in 2011, while third preference offers is 0.5 per cent (36), compared to 0.6 per cent last year.

A total of 39 children will be offered a school that isn’t one of their preferences, compared to 47 last year.

There are three secondary schools in Spalding – Spalding High School, Spalding Grammar School and the Sir John Gleed School – and 90.4 per cent (473) of pupils were offered their first preference.

Thirty pupils (5.7 per cent) got their second preference, while eight (1.6 per cent) got their third choice and 2.3 per cent of pupils (12) gave no preference.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted to see more children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“There are many stories about how stressful the admissions process can be but every year the overwhelming majority of parents have no problems in gaining admission to the first school of their choice.”

Intense competition brought about by parents opting out of private education has resulted in the increase of rejections in other areas of the country.

In Slough, Berkshire, almost 59 per cent of children were rejected from their first choice school.

Offer letters dropped through parents’ doors in the Spalding area last week and they have until the end of the month to lodge a complaint.

For information about making an appeal, parents can email schooladmissions@lincolnshire.gov.uk