Increase in students receiving first choice of secondary school

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Cheshire East Council has contacted thousands of parents and carers on national secondary school offer day (1 March), with 94 per cent receiving their first preference choice.

More than 4,900 applications were received from parents and carers whose children will be moving up to secondary school in September 2024.

94 per cent of Cheshire East residents have received an offer of their preferred school this year (an increase from 90.5 percent last year and 93 percent in 2022) with around 98 per cent receiving an offer from their three preferences.

Cheshire East has a good track record in providing school places. Last year, across England, 94.4 per cent of applicants for a secondary school place received an offer from one of their top three choices, while 83.3 per cent were offered their first-choice secondary school.

Councillor Carol Bulman, lead member for children and families at Cheshire East Council, said: "Moving up to secondary school is a special time for children and their families and our team have been working hard with schools to meet parental preferences.

"We have an ambitious programme of school expansions that aims to meet the increasing demand for places. We know that more and more families are choosing to live and work here, with 91 per cent of our secondary schools rated good or outstanding.

"Children who have an education, health and care plan do follow a slightly different timetable. I know that significant work has gone into providing additional places in our special schools or specialist provision in mainstream schools, which is great, but I know we have more to do.

"We will continue to work hard to ensure all children have the right education to meet their needs, adapting support as children and young people progress and their requirements change.

"I'd like to wish all pupils the very best for the next academic year, that they enjoy their new schools and take full advantage of all the opportunities to learn and develop."


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