More children have been given a place at their school of choice through the admissions system this year.
The offer letters for secondary schools have been sent out to parents. Of the 7348 offers made to secondary schools, 94.4% of children will receive their first preference school (6940 children). This is a better result than last year when 92.8% got their first choice of school.
The figure for second preference offers is 4.5% (333), compared to 6.0% in 2011, while third preference offers is 0.5% (36), compared to 0.6% last year. A total of 39 children will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences compared to 47 last year.
Parents have until the end of March to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the offered school. If they return the appeal form by the deadline it will be heard before the end of term – if it is received late it will still be heard but this may be in the last week of term or even in September.
A total of 95% of parents applied using the online application system and they will be able to log on and see the offered school from 1 March.
Because of appeals and movement on the reserve list, it is normal for the percentage of first preferences to increase by the time children start in September.
Parents cannot phone to find out which school their child has been allocated. They can check this online by going to http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions. If anyone applied by letter they will receive their offer by first class post on 1 March 2012.
For admissions into schools in September 2012 there are 56 secondary schools in Lincolnshire, including 43 which have their own admissions authority and determine their own admissions. The other 13 have the local authority admissions policy.
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted to see more children than has ever been the case getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September. It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their choice of school. There are many stories about how stressful the admissions process can be but every year the overwhelming majority of parents have no problems in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”
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