max temp: 7°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: More than one in ten miss out on first-choice secondary school

18:47 03 March 2014


Essex's secondary school application figures were released today


More than one in ten secondary school children will not be attending their first-choice school.


Figures released today by Essex County Council show that 85.27% of parents have been offered their first preference of secondary school for their children starting in September.

This is slightly down on last year’s figure of 86.91%.

And nearly 7% of children will not go to their first or second-choice school, as 7.78% have been offered their second preference.

This brings the total for pupils starting in September 2014 to 93.5%, which is lower than 2013’s total.

In 2013, 94.02% of pupils went to their first or second-choice school.

Also, 2.42% of parents will not have their children go to any of their six preferred schools, a 0.73% increase on last year.

Overall, Essex County Council received a total of 14,451 applications for secondary school places with 13,105 of parents applying online.

However, Ray Gooding, education and lifelong learning leader, was positive on the results.

He said: “It is promising to see that 93.05% of parents have been offered their first or second preference.

“We have some fantastic secondary schools in Essex and we will continue to work closely with them to strive to provide young people with a world-class education system.

“I would like to wish all pupils and parents every success in their new chapter of learning.”



Pictured is Tim Yeo

Former Tory MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel action over a “cash-for-advocacy” claim which he said trashed his reputation.

Essex public sector cuts

Public sector bodies in north Essex have had more than half a billion pounds cut from their budgets over the past five years.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A Framlingham company has been left with a bill of more than £10,000 after pig muck from a farm polluted a 10 kilometre stretch of river.

Lorry which caught fire on A12 near Chelmsford. Picture: Sgt Colin Shead

Motorists travelling on the A12 northbound are being advised of severe delays at junction 17 for Great Baddow/Southend, due to a lorry fire.

Roundabout at Ropes Drive West where the traffic light trial has been taking place

A trial switch off of the traffic lights at Ropes Drive west in Kesgrave will be extended into the new year, following feedback from the public.

Delays on the A12.

There are severe delays on the A12 at Stratford St Mary this morning after a mini bus broke down in the second lane.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A motorist who was seriously injured in a crash on the A134 on Tuesday evening has died.

Cyber fraud suspect rebailed

A 32-year-old arrested on suspicion of conning an east Suffolk business out of more than £1million in cyber fraud has been re-bailed.

Over 65s Christmas party in Red Lodge. Lance Standbury, Linda French and Carol Lynch are pictured.

Volunteers will serve a free Christmas lunch to senior citizens in Red Lodge next month as part of a community event backed by Forest Heath district councillors.

New choirmaster Peter Tryon hopes to resurrect a Lavenham choir.

A grand church in a picture-postcard Suffolk village could once again be filled with the sound of united voices, if plans to resurrect a local choir are successful.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24