West Berkshire Council

92% of West Berkshire Pupils get 1st choice school.

92% of West Berkshire's Year 6 pupils will be offered a place in their preferred secondary school today.

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Issued on: 1 March 2018

This means that from the 1753 applications (up from 1680 in 2017)  for secondary school admissions received by West Berkshire Council this year, 1609 pupils received their first choice, 5% (88) received their second and 1%  (15) their third. In total, 98% were offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

Councillor Lynne Doherty, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Education, said: "I'm really pleased to see that even more children have a place in their chosen school this year. Getting pupils into their favourite school is a complex task driven by demand and availability and we work very hard to make this happen.  Having as many children happy and settled within their chosen schools as possible has a positive effect on improving educational attainment. I wish those pupils every success as they start secondary school in September."

This year most parents again chose to apply online with 91% of applications completed through the West Berkshire Council website - up from 90% last year and 88% in 2016.

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 at www.westberks.gov.uk