High percentage of children get their first choice of secondary school

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Offers for places at secondary schools were sent out to parents by Lincolnshire County Council on Tuesday. Of the 7,660 offers made to secondary schools, 92 per cent of children have received their first preference school (7,029 pupils).

The figure for second preference offers is six per cent (459), while third preference offers is 0.8 per cent (58). A total of 114 children will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences.

All those children who haven’t got their preferred school will be offered a place at another school so there will be no-one without an offer.

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.

Parents have until the end of March to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the offered school. If they return the appeal form by the deadline it will be heard before the end of term. If it is received late it will still be heard but this may be in the last week of term or even in September.

For admissions into schools in September 2015 there are 53 secondary schools in Lincolnshire, including 51 which are their own admissions authority and determine their own admissions policy. The other two have the local authority admissions policy.

Counc Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “Yet again, it’s good to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their choice of school. 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 (for their children) to the school of their choice.”

For further details about school admissions go to: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions