Most pupils get their first choice high school

Almost all children going to a secondary school in Northumberland this September gained a place at the school of their choice.

Thursday, 3rd March 2016, 10:15 am
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 9:07 am
Berwick Academy

An impressive 98% of parents got their first preference this year, an increase of two percent over last year’s 96% figure.

The council has processed 4,957 applications for places at middle and high schools across the county.

Cllr Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said: “This is a great figure, and I am so pleased that the vast majority of children in the county will be going to their first choice of secondary school.

“Children are our future and we want their years at school to be enjoyable. A good education gives every young person the foundation for achieving to the best of their potential and we want them to be happy in an environment they feel safe in.

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“The council wants to see every child given the greatest possible chance by providing the very best opportunities in education across Northumberland.”

Applications for secondary school places opened on 7th September and closed on 31 October 2015. Parents have until 16 March 2016 to accept places for secondary schools.

Parents who have applied for first or primary school places in September 2016, will be advised of their child’s school place on 15 April 2016, and have until 30 April 2016 to accept the place.