95 per cent of Plymouth pupils gain school of choice
MORE than 95 per cent of young people in Plymouth have been accepted at their first choice of secondary school.
Over the next few days thousands of primary school pupils will learn where they will be heading in September, and the council has confirmed that 95.3 per cent of the 2,389 applicants were matched with their first choice – up from 91.6 per cent last year.
About four per cent of pupils were given their second choice of school and less than one per cent were matched with their third or were not given any of their preferred choices.
Councillor Nicky Williams, council member for children and young people said: "We're extremely pleased that even more young people got their first choice of secondary school this year.
"We are determined as a council to ensure that the quality of schools throughout the city is such that no matter where a child lives, they will have access to an excellent school just around the corner.
"Our aim is to help develop a highly skilled and capable workforce of productive young adults who contribute to the region's economic growth and prosperity and who enjoy and achieve in life."
Schools have been given the admissions information relating to their pupils, so parents are also able to ask teachers directly for confirmation of their child's secondary school place.
From September this year parents with children in Year 6 at primary schools will be asked to list their preferences ready for the September 2014 school year.
Each school now has its own admission criteria, as traditional catchment areas no longer exist.
Any parent who wishes their child to be considered for a grammar school place in September 2014 will need to register for the 11+ examination between April 15 and September 6 this year.
Letters informing pupils and parents of their secondary school allocation were due to be posted yesterday .
E-mails have been sent to parents who filled out an online preference application form, simply saying which school their child will be attending. Full details are available in the letters.
For more information, visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions or call 01752 307469.