Harlow senior schools popularity underlined as they continue to be oversubscribed

Education: Secondary / Wed 12th Feb 2020 at 07:17am

THE popularity of Harlow’s senior schools has been underlined by the number that are over-subscribed in Year 7.

Whilst close to thirty other schools across Essex have failed to fill their Year 7, Harlow’s senior schools have no such problem.

Stewards Academy offered 210 places but has 229 in Year 7. St Marks West Essex Catholic School has 172 places but has 176 in Year 7 and Passmores Academy has 244 students in Year 7 despite only having space for 240.

The only under subscribed schools are Burnt Mill Academy who have 238 in a Year 7 that can take 240 but that may well be down to the fact that their trust opened up the Sir Frederick Gibberd College in September with 120 students coming on board.

Mark Hall Academy offered 210 places but only has 188 in Year 7.

By comparison, there are dozens of other schools across the county that are under subscribed at Year 7.

Chelmsford’s Hylands School is the least popular secondary school in Essex after filling just 60 per cent of its Year 7 capacity.

Just 108 students started at the school in Year 7 in September even though the school has the capacity to take 180 students – referred to as the published admissions number (PAN).

Other schools which performed badly included the Basildon Lower Academy, with 291 students starting in Year 7 even though the school has a PAN of 450, and Brentwood County High School (BCHS), which saw 144 students start even though it has a PAN of 210 , leaving 31 per cent of places unfilled.

Other school in Brentwood and the surrounding area – St Martins, Ursuline, Becket Keys, The Ongar Academy – all met their quota.

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