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National offer day sees over 4,800 secondary school places allocated

01 March 2024

Children running in to school

This is an increase of 60 places from the previous year, with 95% of families having secured a place at one of their three preferred schools, a slight increase compared to last year. 76 per cent of applicants (3,682 children) secured a place at their first choice school, 14.2 per cent (689) of pupils secured a place at their second preference school and 4.8 per cent (230) of pupils at their third preference school.

Families who applied for their secondary school place online and within the deadline of 31 October will receive an e-mail offer today and are able to check their offer on the council’s online Admissions Portal.

Cllr Fiona Baker, Cabinet Member for children, families, and education at WNC said: 

“Secondary school is the start of the next step in a young person’s education journey and will help with their development to adulthood. Their years at secondary school will provide them with a wealth of new experiences, skills and knowledge so it is great to see that 95% of applications have been allocated a place at one of their three preferred schools.”

All applications have the right to appeal (through the independent appeals process) if they have been unable to secure a place at one of their higher preferred school options.

The next round of secondary school place allocations (for late applicants) will take place in April / May.

Primary school places will be announced on 16 April.

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