Nine out of 10 parents allocated their first-choice secondary school

More than nine out of 10 parents will learn today that they have been allocated their first-choice secondary school in Staffordshire.

Out of the 8,365 offers for a secondary school in Staffordshire made to parents, 93.9% were allocated their first-choice school. This is compared to 8,020 applications made for a school place in 2021. Around 97% have been allocated one of their top three preferred schools, above the national and regional average which stands at 81%.

Parents were given until the end of October 2021 to apply for a secondary school. Since the closing date, the council’s admissions team has been working with school and neighbouring authorities to ensure as many parents as possible receive a place at one of their preferred schools.

Most parents will be receiving emails and letters from today (Tuesday), informing them of where their child will be attending school in September.

County Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND) said: “In Staffordshire we have an excellent track record of achieving well above the national average for first preferences, and for top three preferences as a whole. We know the admissions process can be quite daunting for a lot of parents, as we do as much as we can to make the process as easy as possible.

“Giving clear guidance, plus working with schools in Staffordshire and in neighbouring authorities, means we can allocate school places efficiently and, in the vast majority of cases, allocate parents one of their top three preferred schools.”

Information on how places were allocated at oversubscribed schools, schools with vacancies and the appeals process can be found through the council’s website,

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