Majority get first choice of school for September

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Parents in Lincolnshire have largely got the secondary school of their choice for their child or children for the coming academic year.

Offers of places for September were sent out by Lincolnshire County Council on Wednesday.

It showed that some 92 per cent of children (7,029) were offered a place at the school given as first preference for them. This is slightly down on last year’s rate of 93 per cent, but amounted to more children – up from 6,948.

This year’s rate for second preference was six per cent (459 children), while the third preference figure was 0.8 per cent (58 children). A total of 114 children are to be offered a local school that is not one of the preferences given.

The council notes the percentage of first preferences tends to increase by September due to appeals and movement on the reserve list.

Parents have until the end of March to lodge an appeal. If they return the appeal form late, it will still be heard but this may be in the last week of term or even in September.

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