Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

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

18:47 03 March 2014

Essex

Essex's secondary school application figures were released today

Archant

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.”

0 comments

Doctors say the shortfall could affect some services

Doctors have warned that a multimillion pound hole in Suffolk’s health budget could bring about a more “chaotic” service with patients denied drugs and treatments.

Village shops in The Street, East Bergholt, where a Land Rover was found abandoned following a raid on the Co-op this morning

A four-wheel-drive car, thought to have been stolen yesterday afternoon, was found dumped at the scene of a raid on a Co-op branch in the early hours of this morning.

Dave Lock decompressing on the line

Scuba divers searching the first British warship to sink in the First World War have made a “remarkable” discovery.

The scene of a fatality at the Gipsy Lane pedestrian rail crossing

Network Rail faces a potential multi-million pound payout after admitting safety failures at a rail crossing where an 82-year-old Suffolk actress was killed.

Worker admits theft by employee

A building society customer manager has admitted stealing £17,500 from her employer.

Gabriella Keating Fedders with her Pigs Gone Wild sculpture The Ham-Inator

The Pigs Gone Wild trail is live, opening up art to the public and a new generation as they wander round town spotting the elaborately decorated sculptures.

Borough councillor Richard Pope.

The emphasis of immigration during the last weeks of the referendum campaign has led to an increase in the amount of abuse being aimed a European workers on the streets of Suffolk, councillors in Ipswich have heard.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24