98% of Wiltshire children given one of their secondary school preferences

98% of Wiltshire children given one of their secondary school preferences

Figures released today (1 March) show 98% of Wiltshire children will attend one of their preferred choices of secondary school from this September.

Wiltshire has been able to offer 93% of parents their first preference school – up from 92% last year.

Parents who applied online have found out their decisions today, while those who applied by post will have their decisions posted out to them today. The number of parents applying online has risen again to 96% this year, compared to 95% in 2018.

The results of online applications are available at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schools-learning-admissions-online

Parents will need their user ID and password to access their decisions.

The numbers of parents applying is also up on last year, as the number of children gradually increases in line with population growth. There were 4,981 on-time applications received this year – 174 more applications than in 2018.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services said: “I’m really pleased here in Wiltshire so many families have been offered their preferred secondary school choice this September. This is an important milestone for all our young people and to know they will be going to one of their preferences must be a great help to them.

“Our impressive figures for Wiltshire are once again due to the careful planning of our officers who ensure there are sufficient places across the county for now and in the future.”

All applicants have until 15 March 2019 to accept the offer they receive. The right to an independent appeal is open to anyone who has not received an offer at their preferred school.

Details of how to appeal are included in the decision letter posted to all applicants. Further information is also available at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schools-learning-admissions-online

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