County council says 88 per cent will get first choice secondary school

Lincolnshire County Council says that 88 per cent of pupils heading to secondary schools in September have been allocated their first choice school.

The authority says that of the 8,054 offers made to Lincolnshire secondary schools, 7073 children received their first preference as to where they would like to go.

There were 626 pupils who have instead been allocated what was their second choice while 114 young people have been given their third choice.

More children, 241 of them, or roughly three per cent, are being allocated schools that weren’t among their top three choices.

County councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for Children’s Services, said: “Yet again, it’s good to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their choice of school. There are many stories about how stressful the admissions process can be but every year the overwhelming majority of parents have no problems in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”

An appeals process is in place for the next six weeks for those who wish to appeal the school they have been allocated.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Because of appeals and movement on the reserve list, it is normal for the percentage of first preferences to increase by the time children start in September.

“An online appeal form is available, with a deadline for appeals of noon on April 17.

“If the appeal form is returned by the deadline it will be heard before the end of term – if it is received late it will still be heard but this may be in the last week of term or even in September.

“Parents can email with any queries, which will be answered as soon as possible.

“Please note however that you will not be given the result of your offer over the telephone or via e-mail. If you have forgotten your username or password, please use the automated facility provided.

“If anyone wants to change their school choices, they can request a revised application via email.

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