Hampshire secondary school places offered to nearly every child

Hampshire County Council has offered 98.4 per cent of parents a place for their child at a secondary school of their choice

Hampshire County Council has offered 98.4 per cent of parents a place for their child at a secondary school of their choice

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NEARLY every child wanting a place at a secondary school in Hampshire has been offered a school of their choice.

Hampshire County Council has offered 98.4 per cent of parents a place for their child at a secondary school of their choice on Monday.

Of that figure, 97.6 per cent were offered a place at their first or second preference.

Executive member for education Peter Edgar said: ‘We have been able to offer a high number of pupils a place at their preferred school and that’s an achievement considering the size of the county.

‘With 82 per cent of our schools ranked as good or outstanding, Hampshire children can benefit from a high standard of education.

‘I do understand there will be some disappointment for the parents who did not secure a place at one of their chosen schools. Each year we have a handful of schools where the demand for a place is greater than available capacity.

‘I see this as a compliment to the high standard of teaching at these schools.’

Pupils who did not secure a place at one of their chosen schools are allocated a place at a school, near to where they live, with available places.

Parents have the right to appeal and can put their child’s name on their preferred school’s waiting list.

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