Vast majority of Northumberland pupils receive first-choice school offers
02 Mar 2023
The vast majority of the thousands of Northumberland pupils moving up to middle and secondary schools in September have once again received offers for their first-choice school.
A total of 4,114 pupils applied for places, a rise from the 4,037 applications last year, with 95.45% (3,927) receiving their first choice, 4.04% (166) their second choice, 0.44% (18) their third choice and 0.07% (3) their fourth.
Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet member with responsibility for Children’s Services, said: “It’s great news that once again the vast majority of families have received an offer of a place at their preferred school.
“It’s our responsibility to give all young people in Northumberland the best start in life and we want our children to have an excellent education as close to home as possible.
“I’m very proud of the excellent education provision we have here in the county.
“A record 89.6% of schools are rated good or outstanding and our School Improvement Team works in close partnership with our schools and academies to make sure all remaining schools are on track to improve.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our fantastic first and primary schools who have prepared our young people so well for the next step of their education journey and we look forward to welcoming our new middle and secondary school children starting in September.”
Parents and carers who have applied online, can log on to the Portal from today (March 1) and find out the school their child has been offered. They will also receive an email confirming the offer.
Those who did not receive their first choice will also receive a letter containing important information about why they were not successful and what the next steps are.