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School places: 78% of secondary school applicants in Hertfordshire are allocated their first choice

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Children starting secondary education in Hertfordshire in September find out today (Monday March 1) which school they have been allocated – with good news for almost four in five of them.

Local education authority Hertfordshire County Council says 78% of the 14,752 primary pupils who applied for places have got their first choice and 95% have been offered one of their four preferences – which means more than 700 children have missed out altogether at this stage.

Over 99% of parents and carers applied online and will be emailed the place their child has been allocated this afternoon. Those who made a paper application will be sent a letter by first class.

All those who have not been offered their first choice will be placed on the 'continuing interest list' for any Herts schools named higher on their application form than the school offered. Parents and carers are advised to accept the places offered by March 15; doing so will not impact any appeals or continuing interest processes.

Cllr Terry Douris, HCC's cabinet member for education, said: "Moving on to secondary or upper school is an important step and we work extremely hard to make the applications and allocation process smooth and straightforward. We want to ensure that as many children as possible get a place at one of their preferred schools.

"We all want the best possible education for our children and we know that the county has excellent schools that perform well above the national average.

"While I appreciate that a small number of parents may be disappointed with the school they have been allocated, I would encourage them to research the school and speak to the headteacher before dismissing the offered place. They may be pleasantly surprised by what they see."

For more details, see www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions.

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