Ninety per cent of county families get first choice secondary school

This story was published 2 March 2023

Almost 90% of parents and carers in North Yorkshire secured their first secondary school preference for their child, continuing the county’s high percentages of recent years.

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A total of 89.84% secured their first preference with 96.4% of all families in the county who requested a school place receiving an offer from us for one of their top three preferences of secondary school.

This year, 6,262 North Yorkshire pupils are transferring to secondary school.

Executive member for education, learning and skills, Cllr Annabel Wilkinson, said: “Once again, so many of our families have gained the first preference from their choice of schools, which is great news.”

Within North Yorkshire, parents can preference up to five schools on their common application form. 

This year, some parents did not make full use of the opportunity to select up to five schools and some parents of Year 6 children did not complete a common application form for a secondary place.

This has meant that we, who must ensure that each child is allocated a school place on national offer day, have had to place children in schools which in some cases are further way from their home. Despite this, the admissions team will make every effort to accommodate parental wishes if parents contact them following national offer day.  

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For children currently in Year 5 who are due to start secondary school in September 2024, parents and carers will be able to apply from 12 September, 2023, and are urged make use of the opportunity to list five school preferences on the form.