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secondary schoolYoung people across Dorset have today found out which school they will be joining this September.

This year has seen an increase of 100 school places more than last year. Blandford and Ferndown have been locations in particular demand with Blandford requiring 60 new places and Ferndown requiring 30 new places.

In all, 96.6 per cent of applicants have been offered their first choice of secondary school and just under 99 per cent offered their upper school of choice.

Councillor Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help said: ‘Today is an important day for young people, and their parents or carers, as they find out which school they will be joining in the autumn.

‘I am delighted that most in the Dorset Council area have been offered their first choice of senior or upper school.

‘I wish the students the very best of luck as they get ready to join their new schools in September.’

Since 9.30am on Wednesday 1 March Parents and carers have been able to log onto their online account and see the outcome of their application. In addition, where an email address has been submitted as part of the application, families will have been sent a link to get their formal outcome letter.

Overall Dorset Council processed 3,535 applications for 2023 entry, with 95.6 per cent of parents and carers opting to complete their applications online.

To find out more visit: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/school-allocations

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