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Big rise in applications for secondary school places in Devon

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There’s been a big increase in the number of children applying for a place at a secondary school in Devon this year.

Devon County Council received applications from 7,475 families this year. That’s 360 more than last year.

Despite the increase in applications, the council today announced it was offering over 97 per cent of families one of their three preferences.

In all, 92.6 per cent of the families who applied have been offered their first preference school with 4.3 per cent allocated their second preference and 0.6 per cent their third preference.

This means a total of 97.4 per cent of applicants were offered one of their three preferences – just under last year’s figure of 97.9 per cent.

The number of applications for secondary places has been increasing in recent years.

Last year the county council received 7,115 applications from Devon pupils for a place at a secondary school compared with 7,005 the previous year and 6,949 the year before.

Parents will be notified of their places today and the county council’s admissions team will be available to deal with enquiries supported by the schools team at Devon’s Customer Service Centre.

Photo of Councillor James McInnesDevon’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said:

“It is very gratifying that we have been able to accommodate the vast majority of children in one of their three preferred schools despite this big increase in numbers.

“It is a testament to the hard work of our admissions and school organisation teams and the partnership and co-operation we have received from the heads and governors of Devon’s secondary schools that we have been able to achieve these figures.

“These are obviously early statistics and are quite likely to improve even more before September as appeals are heard and other factors are taken into account, such as parents not taking up places they have been offered.”