One in ten miss out on secondary school place as numbers rise in Sheffield

Jayne Ludlam who has just taken over as Childrens Director for Sheffield City Council
Jayne Ludlam who has just taken over as Childrens Director for Sheffield City Council
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More than one in 10 pupils have missed out on a place at their chosen secondary school in Sheffield, figures show.

A total of 86.48 per cent of 11-year-olds received a place at their first-choice school this September, compared with 89.95 per cent last year.

Sheffield Council said 94.32 per cent of pupils were allocated one of their three preferences.

Out of 6,006 applications, 341 children did not receive a place at any of their preferred schools and have been offered a place at their catchment school, or the nearest one with places available.

In Doncaster, 95 per cent were offered a place at their chosen school, compared with 95.4 per cent in Derbyshire and 94.2 per cent in Nottinghamshire. In Barnsley, the figure was 90.59 per cent.

Sheffield Council said the number of secondary school applicants in Sheffield has risen, from 5,654 in 2014.

Jayne Ludlam, Sheffield Council executive director of children, young people and families, said: “This year there has been a six per cent increase in the number of secondary school pupils starting this September.

“This is in line with what is happening nationally.

“It is something we have been planning for and something we expect to continue over the coming years.

“We are committed to making sure every child in Sheffield has a place at a good local school.

“We have increased the number of places in recent years and continue to do so and plan for future growth.

“Unfortunately, while we do our best to allocate places at preferred schools, this isn’t always possible.

“I am sympathetic to families affected by this and want to reassure them there are waiting lists and an appeals process for people unhappy with how the decision was made.”

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