More parents receive a place in their first choice secondary school

Parents in Herefordshire join those across England today (Monday 2 March), in finding out which secondary school their child will be attending in September 2020.

Herefordshire Council has made 1763 offers of places in schools across the county with the following parental preference success rates:

First preference: 1609 offers, which is 91.3% of the total offers

Second preference: 107 offers, which is 6% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 97.3%

Third preference: 16 offers, which is 0.9% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 98.2%

In comparison to last year more parents got their first school preference (91.3% compared to 89.8% in 2019), but slightly less parents got a place in one of their three preferences (98.2% compared to 99.6% in 2019).

The remaining 31 places offered (1.8%), were to parents whose preferences could not be met and their offer was for the nearest school to their home address with available spaces.

As in previous years, Herefordshire schools continue to be a net importer of pupils, with more pupils from neighbouring counties requesting places in the county’s schools than Herefordshire pupils requesting places in other counties.

There are currently 6 Herefordshire secondary schools with waiting lists and 5 have available spaces.

The council has continued to promote its online application service to parents again this year. This year 94.2% applied online compared to 79% last year.