Statistics revealed: Pupils across the St Albans district allocated secondary school places
PUBLISHED: 16:08 01 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:17 01 March 2016
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The wait to find out about secondary places is over after families were handed their designated schools this afternoon (Tuesday).
What to do next:
- All applicants who have not been offered their first preference school will automatically be placed on the continuing interest list for any Hertfordshire schools named higher on the application form than the school offered.
- All new applications for continuing interest must be made to Hertfordshire County Council.
- School places must be accepted by March 15, 2016. This is also the last date to ‘opt out’ of continuing interest for community and voluntary controlled schools. The deadline to submit an appeal is 4pm on April 1, 2016.
82 children were left without a school of their preference, while 78 per cent of applicants in the St Albans district were given their first choice, 10 per cent their second, 4.5 per cent their third, and 0.4 per cent their fourth.
The district falls just below the county’s average of 79 per cent who were allocated their first choice.
David Williams, cabinet minister for enterprise, education and skills, said: “Moving onto secondary or upper school is an important step and we work extremely hard to make the applications and allocation process smooth and straightforward.
“While I appreciate that a small number of parents may be disappointed with the school they have been allocated, I would encourage them to visit the school and speak to the headteacher before dismissing the offered place. They may be pleasantly surprised by what they see.”
Further detailed information about the post allocation processes can be found here.