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What to do if your child missed out on their preferred secondary school in Surrey and Hampshire

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What to do if your child missed out on their preferred secondary school in Surrey and Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:42pm 3rd March 2020.

Surrey and Hampshire County Councils have revealed the percentage of students who were offered a place at their first-choice secondary school.

In Surrey 81.4 per cent got their first choice - compared with 81.1 per cent in 2019, when approximately 2,347 children missed out.

Meanwhile in Hampshire 92 per cent got their first choice, believed to be the same as last year.

It means roughly 1,153 pupils missed out on their first choice in Hampshire in 2020, although 97 per cent of children in the county got one of their preferred choices.

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What to do if your child didn't get a place at their preferred school?

Surrey County Council have a guide on what to do next.

Hampshire County Council said pupils who did not secure a place at one of their chosen schools have been allocated a place at the next nearest available school.

Parents have the right to appeal in these situations and their child’s name will be added to the waiting list for their preferred schools.

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Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills said:

“Every child whose parents applied for a place at a Hampshire secondary school has been offered one but, that said, I do understand that there will be some disappointment for those who did not secure a place at one of their chosen schools.

“With well over 90 per cent of Hampshire schools being rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, there are always individual schools with exceptional demand.”