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Nearly 80% get first choice for secondary schools

Published Wednesday, 6th March 2019

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Nearly 80% of Southend-on-Sea children will start secondary school in September 2019 at their first choice school.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has released the data on secondary school allocations following ‘national offer day’ on 1 March 2019.

Out of 2161 applications made, 92% received one of their top three preferences, 1% higher than in 2018.

Cllr Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, says: “I am very pleased that 79% of applicants received offers for their first preference and 92% have one of their top three.  We make every effort to ensure that children of secondary school age who have applied are offered a place.

“Secondary applications are increasing all the time and this year they were up by 117, but despite this the number of children gaining their top preference has increased by 143 (3%) which emphasises the hard work that our school admissions and school development teams do.

“As ever, and whilst the majority of people have got what they wanted, we of course recognise that there will be disappointed families who did not receive either their first choice or who did not receive any of their top three. That is why we continue to work hard on plans to increase the number of pupil places available locally. In addition, we recently committed to ensuring that there are sufficient places offering good quality and choice to our young people and their parents and carers.”

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2019  
1 - Number of Pupils who applied for a secondary school place 2161  
2 - Number of Pupils offered their first preference 1693 79%
3 - Number of Pupils offered their second preference 203 9%
4 - Number of Pupils offered their third preference 89 4%
5 - Number of Pupils offered their fourth preference 34 1%
6 - Number of Pupils offered their fifth preference 17 1%
7 - Number of Pupils offered a place that was not on their application form 125 6%
 
2018  
1 - Number of Pupils who applied for a secondary school place 2044  
2 - Number of Pupils offered their first preference 1550 76%
3 - Number of Pupils offered their second preference 226 11%
4 - Number of Pupils offered their third preference 82 4%
5 - Number of Pupils offered their fourth preference 50 3%
6 - Number of Pupils offered their fifth preference 22 1%
7 - Number of Pupils offered a place that was not on their application form 114 5%
 
2017  
1 - Number of Pupils who applied for a secondary school place 1921  
2 - Number of Pupils offered their first preference 1461 76%
3 - Number of Pupils offered their second preference 167 9%
4 - Number of Pupils offered their third preference 93 5%
5 - Number of Pupils offered their fourth preference 38 2%
6 - Number of Pupils offered their fifth preference 25 1%
7 - Number of Pupils offered a place that was not on their application form 136 7%
 
2016  
1 - Number of Pupils who applied for a secondary school place 1889  
2 - Number of Pupils offered their first preference 1495 79%
3 - Number of Pupils offered their second preference 184 10%
4 - Number of Pupils offered their third preference 81 10%
5 - Number of Pupils offered their fourth preference 28 1.5%
6 - Number of Pupils offered their fifth preference 11 0.5%
7 - Number of Pupils offered a place that was not on their application form 90 5%