School places success: Most South Tyneside families see children in their preferred choice

Coun Joan Atkinson
Coun Joan Atkinson

THE majority of South Tyneside youngsters will be heading to the school of their choice.

Secondary school admission figures show across the borough 90 per cent of 11-year-olds will be going to their first choice of school.

A further five per cent received a place at their second choice and one per cent their third.

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “These figures show that 96 per cent of children in South Tyneside secure a place at one of their top three schools with nine out of ten children securing a place at the secondary school of their choice.

“For those who have missed out on a place at their preferred school, we have an independent appeals procedure, details 
of which are sent out to parents.”

Nationally figures show that school places have become a postcode lottery with almost half of pupils in some parts of the country missing out on their first choice of secondary schools as competition for places reached record levels.

Councils across England reported that fewer 11-year-olds gained places at their preferred secondary schools, with many being forced to make do with their second, third or even sixth choice.

However, a Department for Education spokesman said the Government wants to give every family the choice of a good local school.

He said: “Since 2010 the Government has invested more than £5bn to create more than 445,000 new school places – more than double the amount invested in the previous four years – and last year over 95 per cent of parents got one of their top three choices.”

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