First preference cheers

Seems nearly nine out of ten families in Bath and North East Somerset have been offered a place at their first choice of secondary school for admissions this September.

Bath & North East Somerset Council received 1,887 applications from B&NES residents for secondary school places for admission into the 2022/2023 academic year – up on 1,845 for the previous year.

More than eighty-nine percent of children have been allocated a place at their highest preferred school, making up a total of 1,681 children.

Figures show 128 pupils have been offered a place at their second preference of school, 28 pupils their third preference, four pupils their fourth preference and three pupils their fifth preference, meaning 97.9% received one of their overall preferences.

Forty-one pupils have not been offered a place at any of their preferences and have instead been offered a place at their next nearest school with a place available, which is known as a referral.

All Bath and North East Somerset pupils who made an on-time application have been offered a place.

Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture, said: “Securing a secondary school place for your child can be a stressful experience, so I’m delighted that the vast majority of families in B&NES will receive the good news today that they have been given their first preference. Once again the number of children needing a place has gone up, so I’m delighted that 89.2% of families have got their first choice and that we’ve been able to offer all children a place.

“I hope our young people and their families are looking forward to the new horizons that secondary school brings and I wish them the very best for their transition from Year Six to Year Seven.”

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  1. Reblogged this on Walk Ride Bath and commented:
    9 out of 10 children have been allocated a place at their highest preferred school. How many of these allocations are within walking/cycling distance of their homes? How many allocations were to schools that were not the closest to a child’s home? What are the health and congestion impacts of these allocations? How many road miles will be generated?

    With 25% of rush hour traffic attributed to the school run, understanding why people choose to send their kids to schools they have to be driven to (or even bused) rather than their local school needs to be fully understood. The impact of these allocations have a huge impact on traffic, air pollution, and the general health of children in the city.

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