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Council pleased with school places choice figures

Politics / Mon 2nd Mar 2015 at 11:19am

CLLR Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, has praised the hard work of staff and the council’s continued investment in creating school places.

His comments come as parents of children due to start secondary school in September discovered the outcome of their secondary school applications today (Monday March 2).

Almost 15,000 parents will have received notification, with the 95 per cent of parents who applied online getting confirmation by email or by accessing the county council’s website.

Some 86 per cent of parents have been offered their first preference of school, with 7 per cent getting their second preference. That means 93 per cent have been offered either their first or second preference.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “It is fantastic that we have once again been able to provide so many children with a place at a school preferred by their parents, despite significant growth of the county and an ever-increasing demand for school places.

“This achievement is testament to the continued hard work of admissions staff, schools and those involved in planning secondary school expansions, as well as the investment we have made in creating additional school places. Over the last four years we have been allocated the highest amount of funding of all local authorities, illustrating our desire to ensure all children have access to a school place and are given the best start in life.

“I would like to wish pupils all the best as they embark on the latest chapter in their learning journeys.”

The county council recently received confirmation from the Department of Education of a new £41.4 million grant, bringing the total funding to support the creation of new school places over a four year period up to 2017/18 to £137.7 million.

The latest funding will help increase secondary school provision, supporting the expansion of existing schools, as well as funding any new schools that may be required in the future.

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