Council delight as huge number of pupils get their first-choice place for secondary schools

Lincolnshire County Council
Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council has reported that 92 per cent of secondary school children in the county have received their first preference offers for places.

Offers were sent out to parents by the council last week and of the 7,660 offers made to secondary schools,7,029 children got their first preference..

Six per cent (459 children) got their second preference offers while third preference offers was is 0.8 per cent (58 children).

A total of 114 children will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences.

All those children who haven’t got their preferred school will be offered a place at another school so there will be no-one without an offer.

Because of appeals and movement on the reserve list, it is normal for the percentage of first preferences to increase by the time children start in September.

Parents have until the end of March to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the offered school.

If they return the appeal form by the deadline it will be heard before the end of term.

If it is received late it will still be heard but this may be in the last week of term or even in September.

Ninety five percent of parents (6,915) applied using the online application system and they can log on now to see the offered school for their child at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions and click on the ‘collect your school offer online’ link.

For admissions into schools in September 2015 there are 53 secondary schools in Lincolnshire, including 51 which are their own admissions authority and determine their own admissions policy.

The other two have the local authority admissions policy.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “Yet again, it’s good to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their choice of school.

“There are many stories about how stressful the admissions process can be but every year the overwhelming majority of parents have no problems in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”

For further details about school admissions go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions