More Devon children apply for secondary school places

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Posted on: 1 March 2017

More Devon children have applied for a place at secondary school this September with the county council offering nearly 99 per cent of families one of their three preferences.

In all, 95.8 per cent of the families who applied to Devon County Council have been offered their first preference school with 2.8 per cent allocated their second preference and 0.2 per cent their third preference.

This means a total of 98.8 per cent of applicants were offered one of their three preferences.

The county council received 6,949 applicants from Devon pupils for a place at secondary school in September compared with 6,706 last year.

Devon’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: “It is very gratifying that we have been able to accommodate nearly every child in one of their three preferred schools.

“It is a testament to the hard work of our admissions and school organisation teams and the partnership and co-operation we have received from the heads and governors of Devon’s secondary schools.

“These are obviously early statistics and are quite likely to improve even more before September as appeals are heard and other factors are taken into account, such as parents not taking up places they have been offered.”

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