West Berkshire Council

90.7% of West Berkshire pupils get their first choice Secondary School place

90.7% of West Berkshire's Year 6 pupils have been offered a place in their preferred secondary school today.

Teenage children studying in school

Issued on: 1 March 2017


This means that from the 1680 applications for secondary school admissions received by West Berkshire Council this year, 1526 pupils received their first choice, 5.54% (93) received their second and 1.55%  (26) their third. In total, 97.9% were offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

Cllr Lynne Doherty, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Education services, said: "I'm really pleased that once again, we're able to tell the vast majority of our pupils that they have a place in their chosen school. Getting people into their favourite school is a complex task which fluctuates each year with demand. Improving educational attainment is one of our priorities and it's very important to have as many children happy and settled within their chosen schools as possible. I wish those pupils every success as they start secondary school in September."

This year most parents again chose to apply online with 89.7% of applications completed through the West Berkshire Council website - up from 88.2% last year and 86.4% in 2014.

While the vast majority of children are given a preferred place in West Berkshire each year, there is an appeals process for those who do not .

Find out more about the secondary school application process- including waiting lists for first preference schools and how to appeal an offer.