Monday, 1 March 2010

Thousands of pupils to attend their first preference school

Thousands of the city’s children and young people will start their parent’s first preference school in September 2010.

A total of 88 per cent of children will attend their first preference primary school – compared to 83 per cent in 2009 - while overall nearly 97 per cent will attend one of their three preferences.

A total of 84 per cent of young people will attend their first preference secondary school in September – compared to 82 per cent in 2009 - while overall over 96 per cent will attend one of their three preferences.

The number of children not getting either of their top three preferences at primary school has also decreased - 282 (3.4 per cent) in 2010 compared to 727 (8.7 per cent) in 2009 – while the figure has also reduced in secondary school - 270 (3.4 per cent) in 2010 compared to 395 (5 per cent) in 2009.

Over 16,000 children and young people will start a new school in Leeds in September this year, making the admissions process one of the biggest tasks in the education calendar.

Councillor Richard Harker, who is responsible for learning, said:“For parents and carers, choosing a school for their children is one of the most important decisions they have to take and I am pleased that so many children and young people are attending their first preference school. Education Leeds works hard to accommodate all preferences and did an excellent job to place so many children and young people in schools across the city.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:“Ensuring our young people are in a school which is best for them is vital to ensure they get the most out of their education. The fact that over 84 per cent of secondary school applications and 88 per cent of primary school applications have been award their first preference is brilliant news.

“In the few instances where this is not possible, we will continue to work closely with parents and carers to find the best solution. We will now work to ensure that our figures continue to improve next year and even more young people attend one of their preferred schools.”

The complete primary and secondary school figures for September 2010 are:
Primary:
First preference: 7248 (88%); March 2009 figures - 6957 (83%)
Second preference: 545 (6.6%); March 2009 figures - 514 (6%)
Third preference 184 (2%); March 2009 figures - 168 (2%)
None of their preferences: 282 (3.4%); March 2009 figures - 727 (8.7%)
Total: 8259; March 2009 figures - 8366

Secondary:
First preference: 6583 (84%); March 2009 figures - 6613 (82%)
Second preference: 721 (9%); March 2009 figures - 761 (9%)
Third preference 263 (3%); March 2009 figures - 285 (3.5%)
None of their preferences 270 (3.4%); March 2009 figures - 395 (5%)
Total: 7837; March 2009 figures - 8054

ENDS
For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577
Email: jon.crampton@leeds.gov.uk