Nearly 98 per cent of Devon families get their school preference

Posted on: 1 March 2021

Almost 98 per cent of Devon families have been allocated one of their preferred secondary schools this year.

Devon County Council announced today it was offering 97.7 per cent of families one of their four preferences.

In all, 91.5 per cent of the families who applied have been offered their first preference school with 4.9 per cent allocated their second preference, 1.2 per cent their third preference and 0.1 per cent their fourth preference.

Usually families are asked to list three preferences but this year that was increased to four because of the Covid pandemic. This meant families wishing their children to sit the 11+ for entry to grammar schools in Plymouth or Torbay could not get the result before the closing date for applications to the county council.

This means the statistics cannot be directly compared to last year.

This year the county council received 6,778 applications from Devon pupils for a place at a secondary school.

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:

“This has been a unique year and we have amended our procedures accordingly. Even so, it is very gratifying that we have been able to accommodate the vast majority of children in one of their preferred schools.

“I am particularly pleased with this success given that our staff were working remotely from home throughout the entire process.

“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, staff and governors of Devon’s secondary schools, who have been coping so well in such difficult circumstances, 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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