Almost all Swindon children who applied for a place at secondary school in September will be offered their first choice.
Swindon Borough Council’s School Admissions Team received a total of 2,190 secondary applications on time this year and, of those, 97.2% of applicants will be allocated their first preference compared to 92% 12 months ago.
Swindon children could request a place in up to three schools and 99.8% of applicants will be offered one of their three preferences compared to 98% last year.
Priority for places was determined by the admission criteria for the school in question.
The deadline for applying for secondary school places was 31 October last year and letters were sent out to parents today (1 March) informing them of the school placement offers.
Applicants who submitted their preferences after the deadline were offered a place at the nextnearest school with a place available at that time, if their preferred school was oversubscribed at that point.However, the admissions team have been able to offer most late applications their preferred school.
Cllr David Renard, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “This is an excellent outcome for Swindon’s parents and pupils which is testament to the art of long-term forward planning done by the council’s Children’s Services directorate.
“It is a challenge to look into the future and endeavour to locate school places where future demand for places is anticipated to be.”
The School Admissions Team will also be offering primary and infant to junior school places for September 2011 on 26 April 2011. Parents will be sent a letter informing them of the result of their application on that date.