Starting secondary school in September?

Published
24.02.2016

A total of 6,741 children will be offered a secondary school place for September this year, with 90 per cent of pupils receiving a place at their first preference school.

On Tuesday 1st March, parents of pupils going to secondary school in September 2016 will receive a place from Gloucestershire County Council. All parents in the county will be offered one school place for their child on the same day. 

Parents will have until 15th March to accept their school place or request an alternative school. The 96 per cent of parents and carers who applied online will receive an email confirming their school place after 9am on 1st March and will be able to accept their place online.

As well as the 90 per cent being offered their first preference school, 98 per cent are being offered one of their preferences.

Other parents and carers should receive a letter on Tuesday 1st March, including the place on offer and the reasons why. This letter will be specific to each pupil and will contain an explanation for the decision made. More information is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions

Parents are encouraged to accept their place online or return their reply forms as soon as possible.  As we know from previous years, more places are likely to become available over the next few months as parents change their preferences.

If parents ask for their child's allocation to be reconsidered, they will be placed on the waiting list for their preferred schools. If places then become available, they will be allocated in line with the schools admission policy.

Parents unhappy with their initial offer are encouraged to keep their place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome of the reconsideration, their child will have a place at a school in September.

The county council will write to parents with the result of the reconsideration by 4th April, and parents will have until the 12thApril to reply. Parents who are still not satisfied with their allocated school will be advised of the appeals procedure.

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "Starting the next phase of education at secondary school is a big step and I wish all pupils and parents well for this exciting time ahead."

"It is great to see that nearly 100 per cent of young people have been offered a school of their choice."

The admission criteria and more information about waiting lists for every school is also available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions

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