National offer day - nearly 74% of pupils allocated first choice of secondary school


Figures published today [March 1] show that more young people across Buckinghamshire are getting their first choice secondary school - even though the number of secondary school pupils is increasing.

National offer day revealed 73.7% of Buckinghamshire’s youngsters were allocated their first choice secondary school, up nearly 1.3% on last year’s figures [72.4%].

In all a total of of 6,474 applications were received, an increase of 60 on last year [2018], and 560 since 2017. In all, 4,474 students have been offered their first choice of school.

Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "As happens every year, a small number of pupils have not been allocated a preferred school at this stage. We understand how disappointing this can be for young people and their families. However the Council’s Admissions and Transport teams will continue to work closely with those families affected.

"Most schools have gone above their admission number to support us in making sure we have enough school places to offer to any pupils that have expressed a preference. This has put and extra 369 school places into the system."

Figures also show that there is less cross border movement this year for our children; with only 472 (down from 552 last year) of Buckinghamshire resident children being offered places in other counties.


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