School choices

More pupils in Cambridgeshire will be attending the secondary school of their choice in September than ever before, according to new figures released today.

Students in Cambridgeshire and across the country will be sent a letter, detailing whether they have been offered a place at their first, second or third preference secondary school.

In Cambridgeshire, 96.48 per cent have been offered a place at their first preference school. A further 2.73 per cent have been offered a place at their second or third preference, while just 0.79 per cent could not be offered any of their preferences.

In Cambridgeshire last year, 94.7 per cent of pupils received an offer at their preferred secondary school, and 3.45 per cent an offer at their second or third preference.

The proportion of secondary school applications received online has also risen – from just under 80 per cent last year to over 90 per cent this year.

Cllr David Harty, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Learning said: “I am grateful and impressed by the hard work of our admissions team in managing to get so many pupils into their first choice secondary school. We always try to meet as many first preferences as possible. I am pleased also that the number of applications made online is increasing – this makes the process of allocating places easier and more efficient.”