95% Get First Preference of Secondary School

Almost all pupils transferring to secondary and upper schools across Central Bedfordshire in September have been granted their first preference.

Today (1 March) is National Secondary Offer Day, when parents and pupils across the country find out what the future holds for them.

It is good news here with 95 per cent of Central Bedfordshire pupils who applied to transfer to upper schools for the 2018/19 academic year granted their first preference.

And 92 per cent of Central Bedfordshire pupils applying for secondary school here have been offered their first-preference school.

Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said: “I’m delighted that so many pupils have been granted their first-preference school for September. We work very hard to ensure that children can attend a good local school, and today’s figures show that we are continuing to do that.”

Of all the applications, most came via the council’s online system, with 93 per cent (or 2,595 of the 2,807 total applications) done that way.

That’s the quickest way of finding out the news as anyone applying online or requesting an email notification hears the news today. For those who submitted a paper application, decision letters will be sent out by second-class post.

Anyone wishing to decline or change their offered place can do so by submitting a change of preference form. The deadline for this is Thursday, 15 March with new offers going out on Monday, 23 April.

Meanwhile, children starting school and transferring to middle school will find out whether they have received their first preference on Monday, 16 April, National Primary Offer Day.

For more information about school admissions and transfers, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions, email admissions@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 8037.