More Hampshire pupils get first choice for secondary schools

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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ALMOST all pupils in Hampshire are in the secondary school of their choice.

Hampshire County Council’s schools admissions service offered 99.5 per cent of parents a place for their child at a school of their choice – with 96.2 per cent getting their first preferred school.

This is around 10 per cent higher than the national averages released by the Department for Education.

Councillor Roy Perry, cabinet member for children’s services, said: ‘I’m delighted to see an overwhelming majority of Hampshire children have been able to get into a secondary school of their choice this year.

‘I know for the small number of children, some 60 out of more than 12,000 who applied, there will be disappointment not to have secured a place at one of their choices, but that is because they applied to schools with exceptionally high demand.

‘It is a mark of the high quality teaching in Hampshire schools that some have attracted more applicants than there are places but it really is only a very small proportion.’