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Record percentage of pupils offered first preference secondary school place

1 March 2017

A record number of children who are due to start secondary school for the first time in September have been offered their parents’ top preference of school.

More than 15,000 parents in Essex will discover the outcome of their secondary school applications on March 1, with those who applied online getting confirmation by email or via the Essex County Council website.

Although the county continues to grow, the council’s investment in creating new school places means an all-time high of 87.58 per cent of pupils have been offered their parents’ first preference of school – a 1.6 per cent increase on last year.

A further 6.78 per cent have been offered their second preference, meaning 94.36 per cent have been offered either their first or second preference.

The record statistics come with more than 90 per cent of the county’s schools currently rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted and after the council allocated £315million for creating about 13,000 extra schools places as part of its ambitious new budget.

The funding will allow 5,400 new secondary school places to be created by September 2019, as well as a number of primary and special school places.
The new secondary school places being created for this September include places at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport, The Stanway School, Colchester, and Philip Morant School, Colchester.