Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Secondary school admission figures are good news for pupils

Families applying for secondary school places in Leeds have received good news this week after thousands of young people were told they would be attending their first preference secondary school.

Of the 7,624 places offered to start secondary school in September, 86 per cent were first preference offers, compared to 84 per cent in 2010. A total of eight per cent were second preference offers (nine per cent in 2010) and two per cent were third preference (three per cent in 2010).

The figures are a marked improvement on last year’s and follow months of hard work by Education Leeds and the Choice Advice service to encourage families to submit applications for their three preferred schools – including their closest.

Across the city, families living in Leeds and applying for places in Leeds faired even better with 90 per cent being offered their first preference.*

Councillor Jane Dowson, executive board member for learning at Leeds City Council, said:
“A total of 90 per cent of young people in Leeds have been offered their first choice of school and more than 97 per cent one of their three preferences – which are fantastic figures for Leeds.

“They mean that more young people than last year will be attending one of their preferred schools this September which is a testament to the commitment of families in the city and the hard work of Education Leeds.”

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services, said:
“It’s great news that Leeds has seen an improvement in the figures for secondary school admissions. Our admissions team has worked hard to encourage every family to submit a completed application with three preferred schools listed in order. This has paid off and as a result thousands of young people will start one of their preferred schools in September.”

For more information on school admissions in Leeds visit www.educationleeds.co.uk/admissions.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

*The overall figures are for all secondary places in Leeds and include applications made by families from outside the city. The 90 per cent figure focuses only on Leeds residents applying for secondary school places within the city.


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