Majority of Lincolnshire children to start at first choice secondary school – although number is lowest in five years

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
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Fewer children will be going to their first choice secondary school this year, figures released today (Wednesday) by Lincolnshire County Council show.

Despite this, it’s good news for the vast majority, with 90 per cent of the 7,900 children wanting a secondary school place in September gaining their first preference school.

In 2013, 92.3 per cent gained their first choice school, followed by 93.6 per cent in 2014, 93 per cent in 2015 and 92 per cent last year.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “Yet again, it’s good to see so many children getting their first school of preference. 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.”

Parents who have applied online for their child to start at secondary school in September can collect their offer from today (Wednesday). The county council will also post offer letters to parents using a paper form.

The council advises parents to accept the place offered even if the school was not one of their preferences, as this makes sure that their child will have a school place for September. Once parents have accepted a school place they can apply for transport.

In some cases, parents may not have received an offer at one of their preferred schools and might want to appeal against this. Parents who have applied online and need to appeal to an independent school admission appeals panel can usually do this online.

Parents who have applied online can go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions to collect their offer, up until March 17.