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Nine out of 10 parents allocated their first choice secondary school

Nine out of 10 parents will learn today that they have been allocated their first choice secondary school in Staffordshire.

Of the 7494 applications made for transfer at age 11, just over 92.5 per cent of parents have been allocated their first preference school, with nearly 97 per cent allocated one of their top three preferred schools.  This is despite increased demand for primary and secondary school places putting pressure on schools.

Nationally, last year just over 84 per cent were allocated their first choice secondary school, with just over 95 per cent getting one of their top three schools.

It is estimated that in Staffordshire, over the next five years, around 4,500 primary and 5,000 secondary school places will be needed to meet expected demand, with the most pressing need in the Burton, Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley, Stafford and Newcastle areas.  Last year, over 1,400 school places were added in the county at both a primary and secondary level.

Parents will receive letters and emails from today to inform them of the school their child will attend in September.  They were given until the end of October 2016 to apply to Staffordshire County Council for secondary school places, with nearly nine out of 10 applicants choosing to apply online.

Since November, the council’s admissions team has been working with schools and neighbouring authorities to ensure as many parents as possible receive a place at a preferred school.

Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills at Staffordshire County Council said: “In Staffordshire we have an excellent track record of achieving well above the national average for first preferences, and for top three preferences as a whole.  Giving clear guidance, plus working with schools in Staffordshire and in neighbouring authorities, means we can allocate school places efficiently and, in the vast majority of cases, allocate parents one of their top three preferred schools.

“Parents have a vital role to play in getting the best education for their child by supporting and challenging schools to, so it’s really important they have as much information as possible.  We have lots of useful information available on our website showing parents how they can choose the best school for their child, and get the most out of their child’s time at school in Staffordshire.”

Parents can find out how they can help their children on their continuing school journey by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/brightfuture