More children in Wiltshire to receive first choice secondary school

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By nhavergal | Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 13:18

This week the majority of children will find out that they have received a place at their first choice of secondary school. 

Approximately 4,400 children have applied for a place in secondary school for the new school year in September with 96% securing a place in their first choice of school in caparison to 93.5% last year.

Offer letters will be sent out from Friday, 1, March 2013 to all who applied before the deadline of October, 31, 2012. 

Around 56% of applications were received online.

Lionel Grundy, cabinet member for children services said: "This is an important time for children and their parents and to be able to provide so many with their first choice of secondary school is particularly good news."

Applicants have until Monday, 18, March 2013 to accept their place at their allocated school. Applications received after the October deadline date and up Friday, 1, March 2013 will then be considered.

Debbie Clare, admission co-ordinator said: "I am pleased we have handled so many applications on time and such a high proportion of children are being offered their first choice of school. My team has worked extremely hard to ensure we have effectively handled all applications."

The right to an independent appeal is available to those who have been refused a place at a preferred school. Details on how to appeal can be obtained by phoning the council on 01225 713010.



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