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More children getting first choice secondary school in Dorset

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Children across the country have today found out which secondary school they will be going to in September.

97 percent Dorset children have got their first choice of secondary or upper school – a 2 percent increase on last year.

Dorset County Council processed a total of 4116 applications from Dorset residents in readiness for today’s Secondary National Offer Day.

Councillor Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills said: ‘Secondary Offer Day is a big day for children across the county, as well as their parents and carers. We are delighted that so many children have received an offer of a place at their first preference school.

‘I wish every student the best of luck as they prepare to take the next step in their education in September.’

Parents will find out the outcome of their primary, middle or junior school applications on 16 April.

In Wiltshire, figures released today show 98 percent of Wiltshire children will attend one of their preferred choices of secondary school from this September.

Wiltshire has been able to offer 93 percent of parents their first preference school – up from 92 percent last year.

Parents who applied online have found out their decisions today, while those who applied by post will have their decisions posted out to them today. The number of parents applying online has risen again to 96 percent this year, compared to 95 percent in 2018.

The results of online applications are available at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schools-learning-admissions-onlineParents 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 4,981 on-time applications received this year – 174 more applications than in 2018.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services said: “I’m really pleased here in Wiltshire so many families have been offered their preferred secondary school choice this September. This is an important milestone for all our young people and to know they will be going to one of their preferences must be a great help to them. ‘

‘Our impressive figures for Wiltshire 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 2019 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 at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schools-learning-admissions-online

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