94per cent of pupils get first choice of secondary school

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A high percentage of children and parents will be celebrating after secondary school offers were sent out on Friday.

Some 94 per cent of 11-year-olds starting secondary school in September have been offered a place at their first choice of school – a total of 6,633 youngsters across Lincolnshire.

The figure for second preference offers is 5.5per cent (386 children) compared to 4.5per cent in 2012, while third preference offers is 0.3per cent (20 children), compared to 0.5per cent last year.

A total of 24 children will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences – down from 39 last year.

Parents now have until the end of March to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the offered school.

A total of 96 per cent of parents used the online system to apply for a school place this year, which meant they were able to log on on Friday to see their offered school.

Because of appeals and movement on the reserve list, it is normal for the percentage of first preferences to increase by the time children start in September.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I am delighted to see so many children getting their first school of preference.

“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 school of their choice.”