Most pupils get place at secondary of their choice

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Lancashire is bucking the national trend, with most pupils getting into a secondary school of their choice.

As families are receiving their allocated places for September, figures released today show that more than 98 per cent of pupils in the county will be attending one of their three preferences.

While thousands were disappointed nationally, data for Lancashire show s that 88.4 per cent of families have been offered places at their first preference, 7.4 per cent will go to schools which were their second, while 2.4 per cent will attend their third preference school and nearly two per cent, 1.8 per cent, have been allocated a place at other schools.

This figure is expected to rise as appeals are heard and other adjustments are made.

Every child who applied on time has been allocated a place and 95 per cnet of applications were made online.

County Councillor 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.”

He added: “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 places between now and September

Parents will receive details about who to contact for advice and information on admissions and appeals.

Area education offices can also be contacted using the email addresses: North (Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde): pupilaccessteam.north@lancashire.gov.uk

South (Preston, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Chorley): pupilaccess.southadmissions@lancashire.gov.uk