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Record high number of Hampshire parents get school of choice
THERE was good news for more than 12,500 parents in Hampshire who found out their child had secured a place at their secondary school of choice.
But it was disappointment for the remaining 500, who applied through Hampshire County Council, when they learned last Friday that they had not gained a place at their preferred school.
The council’s admission service offered 99.5 per cent of parents a place for their child at one of their chosen schools, with 96.2 per cent given their first preference – a record high for the county.
A small minority – 65 parents – were not given a place for their child at any of their chosen secondary schools.
Councillor Roy Perry, Hampshire County Council’s executive lead member for children’s services, said: “I am delighted to see that an overwhelming majority of Hampshire children have been able to get into a secondary school of their choice this year – 99.5 per cent is a very high success rate indeed when compared with rates elsewhere, and is an improvement on last year’s figure.”
He added that there will be disappointment for those who did not secure a place at one of their chosen schools, and said: “That is because they applied to schools with exceptionally high demand.
“It is a mark of the high-quality teaching in Hampshire schools that some have attracted more applications than there are places but it really is only a very small proportion of the total number of applicants who have been unable to get a place at one of their preferred schools. The vast majority will be attending a school of their choice.”
Those without a place at their chosen school will instead be allocated a place at the nearest school with places.
He reminded parents that they can appeal or put their child’s name on the school’s waiting list.
The admission team is now handling the primary school applications, with offers due to go out on April 16, and they have experienced heavy demand for places because of the rising numbers of births and increasing numbers of families moving into the county.
In response to this demand, the council has committed more than £160million to provide an additional 8,000 primary school places in Hampshire.