Rise in number of children gaining place at preferred secondary school

Friday 1st March 2019 07:00 GMT

The number of children in Cornwall gaining a place at one of their preferred secondary schools has increased. 

The data, which is released today, shows 5,539 (96.3 per cent) of pupils have been allocated their first preference school and 5,717 (99.3 per cent) of pupils have been allocated a place in one of their three preferred schools. Cornwall remains one of the best performing authorities in the country.

Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for Children and Wellbeing Sally Hawken said: “I am delighted that once again the council is able to offer a very high number of children a place at their preferred school. 

“The council is grateful to its secondary schools for their support in ensuring that as many children as possible can attend a preferred school. The School Admissions Team has also been grateful for schools’ support in reminding parents to apply on-time to reduce the risk of disappointment.”

The number of applications received has also increased with 5,755 applications by the national deadline compared to 5,409 in 2017.

Pressure on secondary school places is expected to increase over the next five years and ten of the 31 secondary schools have had to refuse places in this admissions round, compared to six schools at this time last year.

Sally Hawken Continued: “Cornwall Council will continue to plan for the demand on places to ensure that as many children as possible can attend their preferred school now and in the future.  Also, thanks to the hard work of the admissions team the number of late applications has come down again for the third year in a row.”

Parents waiting to discover if their child has secured a place at their preferred primary school will find out on 16 April. 

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