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Nearly all Surrey and Hampshire children offered top choice secondary school

Nearly all Surrey and Hampshire children offered top choice secondary school

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:31pm 5th March 2018. (Updated at 5:27pm 5th March 2018)

Thousands of children in the area found out if they gained a place at their preferred school last week.

Out of the students applying for a Year 7 place in Hampshire, 98% have been offered a school of their preference - and 92% were offered their top choice. 

In Surrey, 84% were offered their first choice secondary school...despite an 8% rise in applications. 

Mary Lewis, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "There’s been an eight per cent increase in applications compared with last year so it’s really good news for parents that five out of six Surrey pupils have still been offered a place at their first choice school.

“We’ve invested heavily in more school places and ninety-three per cent of applicants have been offered a place at one of their top three choices.

"I know that a place at a preferred school is really important to families but the cost of providing 18,000 more primary and secondary places in the last seven years is putting a huge strain on county council budgets."

Hampshire County Council received 13,891 applications this year - up by 428 from last year. 

Councillor Keith Mans, Hampshire County Council's Executive Lead Member for Children's Services says that the number of successful applications reflects their strong track record.

He said: "Yet again, we have been able to offer a very high number of pupils a place at their preferred secondary school.

"Considering the size of Hampshire and number of students to accommodate, this is a sizeable achievement."

What happens if my child hasn't received a place of our choice?

If you are denied a place, your child will automatically be added to the waiting list of any school listed on your application above the school that has been allocated to your child. 

Waiting lists are established two weeks after the notification date (1st March).

All parents and guardians have the right to appeal if you did not receive an offer from your preferred school.

  • Find out how to appeal for Surrey schools here
  • Find out how to appeal for Hampshire schools here

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