Secondary school applications announced

MORE than 13,500 pupils who are due to start secondary school in Essex in September 2019 have been offered their parents’ top preference of school.

Today (1 March) families across the county will discover the outcome of their secondary school applications, with those who applied online getting confirmation by email or via the Essex County Council website.

Thanks to investment in new school places, with three new secondary schools due to admit into Year 7 for the first time this September, 84 per cent of pupils have been offered their first preference of school.

A further 9 per cent have been offered their second preference, meaning 93 per cent have been offered either their first or second preference.

The latest statistics come after the council set out its plans to invest in a further 2,198 new secondary school places in its 2019 /20 budget.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I am delighted that, once again, we have been able to offer so many pupils their preferred secondary school place. This is testimony to our strong track record of investing in new school places, as well as the hard work of admissions staff, schools and those involved in planning expansions.”

Full breakdown of figures for 2019:
• 84.24% of parents offered their first preference
• 8.58% of parents offered their second preference
• 2.71% of parents offered their third preference
• 1.38% of parents offered their fourth preference
• 0.67% of parents offered their fifth preference
• 0.30% of parents offered their sixth preference
• 2.12.% of parents could not be offered any of their preferences and have been offered a place at the nearest school with space

Total number of applicants = 16,101

YH hope to publish full breakdown for Harlow schools next week.

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