More families apply for secondary school places in Devon

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Posted on: 1 March 2019

There’s been another increase in the number of children applying for a place at a secondary school in Devon this year.

Devon County Council today announced it was offering almost 98 per cent of families one of their three preferences.

In all, 93.8 per cent of the families who applied have been offered their first preference school with 3.6 per cent allocated their second preference and 0.4 per cent their third preference.

This means a total of 97.9 per cent of applicants were offered one of their three preferences – just under last year’s figure of 98.2 per cent.

This year the county council received 7,115 applicants from Devon pupils for a place at secondary school in September compared with 7,005 last year and 6,949 the year before.

Parents will be notified of their places today and the county council’s admissions team will be available to deal with enquiries supported by the schools team at Devon’s Customer Service Centre.

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.

“But it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to allocate places as it is the Government which is now responsible for overseeing and funding new schools and not the county council.

“So 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 that we have been able to achieve these figures.

“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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