Most pupils get first choice school

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Almost all pupils transferring to secondary and upper schools across Central Bedfordshire in September have been granted their first preference.

Today (1 March) is National Secondary Offer Day, when parents and pupils across the country find out what the future holds for them.

It is good news here with 97 per cent of Central Bedfordshire pupils who applied to transfer to upper schools for the 2017/18 academic year granted their first preference and a further 2.8 per cent gaining their second preference.

And 91 per cent of Central Bedfordshire pupils applying for secondary school here have been offered their first preference school. A further five per cent received their second preference and one per cent their third choice.

Of all the applications, most came via the council’s online system, with 94 per cent of transfer to upper school applications and 85 per cent of secondary applications done that way.

That’s the quickest way of finding out the news as anyone applying online or requesting an email notification hears the news today, with decision letters then being sent out by second class post.

Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Our School Admissions Team works very hard to ensure that as many applicants as possible receive their first choice, so it’s great news that so many have for yet another year.

“It’s important for families that their children can attend a good local school, and today’s figures show that we continue to meet their needs.”

Anyone wishing to decline or change their offered place can do so by submitting a change of preference form. The deadline for this is Wednesday, 15 March with new offers going out on Monday, 24 April

Meanwhile, children starting school and transferring to middle school will find out whether they have received their first choice on Tuesday, 18 April, National Primary Offer Day.

For more information about school admissions and transfers, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions, email admissions@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 8037.