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More children get first secondary school choice in Bucks

The County Council say they'll keep working to increase the percentage.

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:58am 9th March 2020. 2-minute read.

More children get first secondary school choice in Bucks

More children got their first choice of secondary school in Buckinghamshire last week.

74.2 per-cent of the 6,645 applicants got the place they wanted - up slightly on last year.

The figure for first choice allocations rises to 84% when grammar school preferences are taken out of the equation.

Councillor Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills explained:

"The figure of 74.2% doesn't reflect the fact that due to the nature of the selective system in Buckinghamshire, not every child in the county is successful in gaining entry to a grammar school, even if they place it first choice on their list.

"The figure of 84% accounts for the fact that a large number of pupils who don't achieve a grammar place are still allocated the first choice of upper school they have listed.

"We are pleased that the number of children receiving their first choice school is rising. Obviously, it would be preferable if 100% of all children were given a place in their first choice school, but we will continue to work with schools and families to ensure that we are able to build on this figure and strive to  achieve the best for all our children in Buckinghamshire."

Parents have been asked to think about it before they appeal a decision.

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