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Fewer pupils get top choice secondary school place

Around one in five pupils in Peterborough have missed out on a place at their first choice secondary school, according to new figures.
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Council figures show that 78.3% of pupils received their first preference school (Photo: Adobe Stock)

March 1 marked National Offer Day, where pupils looking to start secondary school received their offers for placements in September.  

In Peterborough, around 2,800 pupils found out the outcome of their applications.

This year, council figures show that 78.3% of pupils received their first preference school, with 10.1% offered their second and 4% offered their third. Around 6.7% of pupils were unable to be offered any of their top three school choices.

Last year, more students were offered their first choice (81.6%), with not much change in the percentages offered their second (10.2%) and third (3.3%) options.

However, only 4.8% weren't admitted to any of their top three school choices.

A spokesperson for Peterborough City Council said: "78.3% of secondary school applicants for 2021/22 entry received their first preference, in comparison to 81.6% in the previous year. This small reduction is due to an increase in the number of applications compared to the previous year, and fewer applicants requesting the school nearest to home - or a school within their catchment area - as their first preference."

There were 2,810 applications made for secondary school placements for the 2021/22 entry. This is up from 2,537 last year.