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Just 19 Rutland children still to find out what secondary school they will go to

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Some 95 per cent of Rutland schoolchildren have received one of their top choices for secondary school.

Rutland County Council says ahead of this year's National Offer Day (today), the council processed 371 applications from residents, with

Ahead of this year’s National Offer Day for secondary school admissions [1 March 2019], Rutland County Council processed 371with 352 receiving the offer of a place from one of their preferred secondary schools.

This means 95 per cent of primary school children have been offered places by either their first, second or third choice college.

Although a slight reduction from last year, this remains higher than the national average for 2018 (94 per cent).

The remaining five per cent will go forward to a second offer round which takes place from 28 March.

Ninety per cent of Rutland children received an offer from their first choice college this year – significantly higher than the national average of 82 per cent for 2018.

Coun David Wilby, Portfolio Holder for Education and Lifelong Learning at Rutland County Council, said: “We are pleased that 95 per of Rutland children have been offered a place by one of their three preferred secondary schools for 2019.

“All three of Rutland’s colleges are rated as either good or outstanding by Ofsted and are highly sought after by parents applying for secondary school places. This includes parents of children living outside the county.

“For the small number of children who haven’t had a preference met in this year’s first round, our admissions team will stay in contact with parents to help guide them through the second offer round. We will also continue to work closely with schools to make sure there are sufficient pupil places in Rutland to meet the needs of local parents.”

Rutland County Council (7516229)
Rutland County Council (7516229)

Explaining the figures, the council said 90 per cent or 335 gained their first choice, 4 per cent or 16 gained their second preference and 0.5 per cent or 1 gained their third preference. Just 19 or 5.2 per cent did not gain any preference.

The council said there are several reasons why a number of children have had no preference met as part of this year’s first offer round:

1. Some parents have not been offered places at their preferred school because live too far away

2. More than half of affected parents only listed one preference on their application, despite being encouraged to choose three. The colleges which they did list were not their nearest or catchment school.

3. There are Rutland resident children whose parents listed schools in neighbouring counties but have not been offered a place there.

4. A small number of applications were submitted after the closing date and therefore ranked as ‘late’

The council further explained all of Rutland’s secondary schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, making them highly desirable for parents

Rutland County Council has overall responsibility for ensuring that children in Rutland have access to Primary and Secondary education. It co-ordinates the admissions process – acting as the central point for applications and referring these on to schools.

All secondary places in the County are within academies, which manage their own admissions. Each academy sets conditions for entry in line with national regulations and then prioritises the applications it receives. This process is informed by the academy’s admissions policy and takes into consideration a range of criteria identified by each school.

The Council works closely with schools to ensure sufficient places are available locally and enable schools to set admissions policies that reflect local need. However, the Council cannot has no say over how individual places are allocated or the criteria which make up schools’ admissions policies.

This also means that if a parent has questions about the entry conditions, the offer or refusal of a place, they must contact the academy directly. The Council cannot deal with any appeal nor influence the academy’s decision.

For more information about secondary school admissions in Rutland, go to the relevant academy's website.

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