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01 March 2018

98% of Wiltshire children given one of their secondary school preferences

The high figures are once again due to the careful planning of our officers, who ensure there are sufficient places across the county for now and in the future

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children

Figures released today show 98% of Wiltshire children will attend one of their preferred choices of secondary school from this September, as parents find out the results of their online applications.

Parents who applied online have found out their decisions today, those who applied by post will have their decisions posted out to them today.
This year 98% of children are being offered one of their three preferences, with 92% receiving an offer for their first preference school.

The number of parents applying online has risen again, with 95% of applications being made online, compared to 92% last year.

The results of online applications are available online; Parents will need their user ID and password to access their decisions.

The numbers of parents applying is also up on last year, as the number of children gradually increases in line with population growth. There were 4,807 on-time applications received this year 197 more applications than in 2017.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children said: "I'm pleased we are able to offer 98% of Wiltshire pupils one of their preferred secondary school choices this September.

"The high figures are once again due to the careful planning of our officers, who ensure there are sufficient places across the county for now and in the future."

All applicants have until 15 March 2018 to accept the offer they receive. The right to an independent appeal is open to anyone who has not received an offer at their preferred school.

Details of how to appeal are included in the decision letter posted to all applicants. Further information is also available on our website.

Last updated: 28 February 2018 | Last reviewed: 28 February 2018

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