Almost 97% of children offered place at one of their parents’ preferred secondary schools

Education: Secondary / Fri 1st Mar 2024 at 01:30pm

PARENTS of more than 17,000 pupils are discovering the outcome of their secondary school applications today (Friday 1 March).

The total number of applications for September 2024 admissions, 17,039, is the highest number Essex County Council has ever received.Of these, just under 97%, which is equivalent to more than 19 out of every 20 children, are being offered one of their named preferences of secondary school.

A total of 84.14% of children are being offered their parents’ first preference this year. A further 8.65% have been offered their second preference, meaning almost 93% (92.79%) have been offered either their first or second preference.

This year, 99% of families applied online and will receive their offer by email or by logging onto the council’s website.

Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “I am really pleased to see that, once again, we have been able to offer so many pupils their parents’ preferred secondary school place this year.”

Starting secondary school is a hugely important milestone in a child’s life and I hope those embarking on this exciting next step enjoy their last few months at primary and junior school before starting their next academic adventure.”

YH will be publishing the breakdown for Harlow schools next week.

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