This year Peterborough City Council received 162 more applications for secondary school places for the 2018/19 academic year than for 2017/18.
- A total of 2,627 applications were received by the deadline of 31 October 2017 which is a six per cent increase on 2017.
- Of the 2,627 applications, 2,154 children secured a place at their first preference school representing 82 per cent of applications.
- More children have secured their first place preference school than last year but due to the increased number of applications, the percentage of children receiving their first place preference is lower than last year.
Ninety five per cent of pupils will be offered one of their three preference schools. A total of 142 students were not offered one of their preference schools. This is higher than last year when two per cent of children did not get a place at one of their preferred schools.
We do advise all applicants to use all of their three preferences when applying for a secondary school place and to ensure they include their catchment school as one of their preferences to give them the best possible chance of securing a place.
Jonathan Lewis, Service Director for Education for Peterborough City Council said: "We have dealt with more applications for secondary school places this year and we expect this trend to continue for the coming years.
"We have been planning for this by working with existing schools to increase their capacity for example at Ormiston Bushfield Academy, Jack Hunt School and Nene Park Academy where building works are due to complete this summer.”
Councillor Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: “Secondary school is a big milestone in a child’s life and it’s fantastic to see that almost just over eight out of every 10 children have been offered a place at their first preference school.
“Our education team works hard to provide support and challenge to schools in all aspects of education and 11 out of the city’s 12 secondary schools which have been inspected by OFSTED have been rated as good or outstanding."
Parents who applied online are able to log on to the council's website from today (1 March) to find out about their child’s place. Letters and emails will also be sent to all.
Parents have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel about any offered place. Details of how to appeal are included with the offer letters, on the council website and on the applicants preferred schools website.