Delight at winning popularity stakes

PRAISE Ian Potter paid tribute to his fantastic team of staff
PRAISE Ian Potter paid tribute to his fantastic team of staff
Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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Delight as nursery is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted once again

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THE headteacher of the most popular school in Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Waterlooville has expressed his delight with the continued confidence of parents.

Ian Potter, of Bay House School, Gosport, received 394 first preference applications for just 350 places.

He said: ‘It is a testament of the quality of provision we have, and that’s down to a fantastic team of staff here.

‘For those who didn’t get a place, I’m pleased to say we work closely with other schools so we have an area of good schools for every child.’

Across all four areas, five out of 17 schools filled their total number of places available.

Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville topped the popularity table in its area as nearly 300 parents put it down as their first choice.

Headteacher Matthew Quinn said even though the number of Catholics in the area had fallen, the school would make up numbers with other Christian denominations and even non-Christians.

Applications were less strong for the new Havant Academy.

Only 53 families put the academy as their first choice, compared with 68 for last year’s intake. However, principal Julie Taylor said she was not worried about the dip and took heart from getting 110 second preference applications.

She said: ‘It is still early days for us and we haven’t had time to establish ourselves properly.

‘I’m confident the first preference applications will go up once we’ve had a chance to show what we are capable of.

‘We’ve not even seen our first set of GCSE results.’

In Hampshire, 93.7 per cent received their first preference, 4.14 per cent their second choice and 0.7 per cent their third.

The remaining 1.5 per cent were allocated a place by the council, after failing to win a place at any schools on their list.