Almost 100% of pupils in Lancashire will get high school of their choice this year

Over 98% of pupils in Lancashire will be attending one of their preferred schools or academies this September.

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 10:04 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 10:11 am
The latest figures show that almost 100% of parents in Lancashire will get one of their preferred choices of high school for their child this year

Figures for secondary school admissions show that 88.4% will get their first preference, 7.4% will go to schools which were their second, while 2.4% will attend their third preference school.1.8% have been allocated a place at other schools. The numbers of those receiving preferred places is likely to rise as appeals are heard and other adjustments are made. County Coun. Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "Waiting to find out which secondary school you've been allocated can be an anxious time, for both parents and children. I have first-hand experience of this, so I know exactly how parents feel at this time. "I'm pleased to know that 98.2% will be getting one of their three preferences and 88.4% have their first preference. Importantly, every pupil whose application was received on time has now been allocated a secondary school place. "School places are allocated fairly and objectively, and every application is agreed upon using the criteria which have been agreed for that school. "Our admissions team do a good job advising parents how to use their preferences wisely and, what to do if they are unhappy with the place they've got. There's still a lot of movement with the allocation of school places between now and September." This year 95% of parents overall chose to complete their application online. Parents will receive details about who to contact for advice and information on school admissions and appeals in the offer letter or email they receive. Area education offices can also be contacted using the email addresses below: East (Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale): [email protected] Appeals are heard locally and those for Lancashire secondary schools will take place during May and June.