Almost all Swindon children who applied for a place at secondary school in September have been offered their first choice.
Of the 2,190 on time secondary applications, 98.8% were matched with their first preferences – up from 97.1% last year.
Parents of children in the borough could request a place in up to three schools and Swindon Borough Council’s School Admissions Team ensured that 99.8% of children were offered one of their three preferences.
A total of 1,839 (84%) applications for secondary places were made online.
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 next nearest 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: “Our Children’s Services team have worked hard to identify where future school places might be needed and I would like to thank them for helping to ensure that so many pupils received their first preferences.
“We are among the best performing local authorities nationally for schools admissions and we will continue to work hard to achieve positive outcomes for parents and pupils in Swindon.”
The School Admissions Team will also be offering primary and infant to junior school places for September 2012 on the 20 April. Parents will be sent a letter informing them of the result of their application on that date.