Most receive first choice secondary school place

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Offers for places at secondary schools have now been received by parents, with a high percentage receiving their first choice.

Of the 8,054 offers made to Lincolnshire secondary schools, 88 per cent of children have received their first preference school (7,073 children).

Lincolnshire County Council executive councillor for children’s services Coun Patricia Bradwell said: “Yet again, it’s good to see so many children getting their first school of preference.

“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 to the school of their choice.”

Some 626 children have been offered their second choice school, and 114 will be offered their third preference.

However, three per cent of children will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences – 241 children.

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.

An online appeal form is available, with a deadline for appeals of noon on April 17. If the appeal form is returned 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.

Parents can email with any queries, which will be answered as soon as possible.If anyone wants to change their school choices, they can request a revised application via email.