A huge 97 per cent of children in Sheffield have been given a place at a secondary school of their choice, new figures released today (Thursday 1 March) show.
Of the 6,187 students set to start secondary school in September, 97 per cent have been given a place at one of their three choices of school, while 89 per cent have been given their first choice of school. Sheffield is once again performing above the national average.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “I hope today’s results are a big relief to the thousands of families across Sheffield who have been waiting to find out if their child has been accepted into their school of choice.
“We are providing more local school places to help us meet the needs of our growing population.
“The opening of the two new secondary schools Mercia and Astrea in the south west and north east of the city, as well additional year seven places at Don Valley, mean that this year, we have been able to provide an extra 400 year seven places to meet the demands across the city.
“We all want the best for our children and a huge priority for us is to keep on raising attainment and achievement rates across the city. Getting children into their school of choice and providing outstanding local schools are key to this.”
The small number of children who were not allocated a place at any of their three preferences have either been referred back to their catchment school or been allocated the nearest school with places available.