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More than 9 in 10 Get First Choice of Secondary Schools in North Yorkshire


2:54pm 1st March 2013
(Updated 3:28pm 1st March 2013)

This year over 93.6% within North Yorkshire, secured their first secondary school preference across the county, continuing the high percentages of recent years.

All children have received an offer of a school place and over 98 per cent of North Yorkshire’s children were accepted into one of their preferred choices of secondary school.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s executive member for schools said: “Once again, this is good news for North Yorkshire. We are delighted that so many of our families have been able to gain their first preference from their choice of schools.  As a local authority we work with schools across the county to make sure all of them deliver the highest standards of education so that families who are not given first preferences will nevertheless be able to send their children to good schools.”

In York, 96% of children got their top choice of secondary school, while 99.7% got one of their top three choices. This was a record high for the number getting their first choice of school in the city.

The number of applications was fairly static at 1,665 compared to 1,663 last year, with 80% of applications made online.

Meanwhile, nearly all parents in the East Riding of Yorkshire got places for their children at their preferred school.  Of the 3,058 applications received, 3,001 (98.5 per cent) got places at their first choice school and 3,048 (99.7 per cent) got places at one of their three choices of school. 

Only 10 children have had to be given places at schools for which their parents did not express a preference.  In all 10 cases, the child has been given a place at their catchment area school.

A total of 318 children living in other local authority areas have been given places at schools in the East Riding, with the largest number (236) coming from Hull.

At the same time, 171 East Riding resident children have been given places at schools in other local authority areas. 

Three secondary schools in the East Riding have filled the places they have available: Beverley Grammar School, Beverley High School and South Hunsley School.  Nearly 9 out of 10 children in the East Riding (86 per cent) will be going to their catchment area school, emphasising the strong links that still exist between the schools and their local communities.

The year groups feeding into East Riding secondary schools from primary schools are currently 15 per cent smaller than ten years ago and 12 per cent smaller than five years ago.  Total numbers on roll at East Riding secondary schools peaked in 2005 at 23,567.  There are now 2,000 fewer children on roll and numbers are unlikely to increase until 2017 when larger year groups will start transferring from the primary schools.

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children and young people said: “This admissions round has again been a big success with so many parents getting places for their children at the schools they want.  It’s also good to know that we are able to accommodate the choices of parents.”

Alison Michalska, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Director of Children, Family and Adult Services, said: “Falling pupil numbers creates problems for schools with so much of their funding based on the numbers on roll.  At a time when the public sector is facing severe financial pressures and reducing budgets, schools are having to cope with the additional financial challenges caused by falling pupil numbers.  But it is a credit to them that they are still achieving good standards and provide excellent outcomes for our children.”


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