More than 93% of parents in Cheshire East have been offered their first choice secondary school, today’s 2017 admissions figures show.
This is 9.6% better than the 2016 national average of 84.1%.
In total, 97.7% of Cheshire East residents are being offered a place at a school of their choice for September 2017.
The number of applications received for school places in Cheshire East remains high in 2017, with a total of 4,866 applications.
These included 3,877 from Cheshire East residents.
Due to a high number of applications in the north of the borough, a decision was taken to request admission to some schools above the Published Admission Number (PAN).
Brine Leas will take on 226, 11 more than its PAN number. Malbank School has 175 allocated, below the 210 PAN.
For other schools, the decision to admit above the PAN was made for schools that have available accommodation or class organisation allowing the admission of more children.
Cllr Liz Durham, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “Our schools in Cheshire East have a well-deserved reputation for excellence, with 95.1 per cent rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.
“This leads to a significant number of applications from outside the borough.
“Because of this, and our desire to offer parents places in a local school of their choice, extra resources are being made available to make this possible.”
Cllr Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “To be able to say to such a high proportion of parents they have been given their first choice of school for their child is further recognition of our first-class education service in Cheshire East.
“I believe our team have reached this phenomenal achievement in a challenging landscape.
“We know access to a school of choice is an important issue for families and our record demonstrates, once again, that Cheshire East is a great place to live and to learn.”
Cheshire East is reviewing school capacity across the borough, due to housing developments and the increasing demand for places in areas like Nantwich.
Details on primary school admissions places will be published on April 18, 2017.
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