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First choice secondary school for many Stafford and Stone pupils

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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YOUNG students have found out today what secondary school they will be attending from September.

Nine out of 10 parents were allocated their first choice secondary school, according to Staffordshire county Council.

Of the 6739 applications made for transfer at age 11, 96 per cent of parents have been allocated their first preference school, with 99 per cent allocated one of their top three preferred schools.

Nationally, last year just over 86 per cent were allocated their first choice secondary school, with just over 95 per cent getting one of their top three schools.

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Parents were due to receive letters and emails from today to inform them of the school their child will attend in September. They were given until the end of October 2013 to apply for secondary school places, with nearly nine out of 10 applicants choosing to apply online.

County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills said: “In Staffordshire we have an excellent track record of achieving well above the national average for first preferences, and for top three preferences as a whole. We know the admissions process can be quite daunting for a lot of parents, as we do as much as we can to make the process as easy as possible.

“Giving clear guidance, plus working with schools in Staffordshire and in neighbouring authorities, means we can allocate school places efficiently and, in the vast majority of cases, allocate parents one of their top three preferred schools.”

Now, more information about local schools can be accessed through the county council’s Do Your Homework website - www.staffordshire.gov.uk/doyourhomework gives parents tips on choosing the right school for their child, and general information on school performance.

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