Secondary offer day: Nearly nine out of ten given first preference school


Released: 1 March 2022

Children are receiving their secondary school offers today and in West Sussex, almost nine out of ten have again been given their first preference school.

All 9,280 pupils who applied for secondary school for this September have today (Tuesday, 1 March 2022) been offered a place in a West Sussex school, with 97.4% offered one of their three preferences.

West Sussex figures show:

• 8,110 of the total 9,280 applicants will be offered their first preference school (87.4%), similar to last year (87.9%)
• 97.4 per cent of all applicants will be offered one of their three preferences, a slight increase on last year (97.3%).

If you are still waiting for your offer you shouldn’t be concerned as emails should be received no later than 5pm today.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Learning & Skills, said: “West Sussex primary school children have continued to show remarkable resilience and determination in what has been another academic year disrupted by Covid-19, so it is good news that, for a third year running, we are offering almost 90% their preferred secondary school.

“For all our schoolchildren moving from primary to secondary school this is a big step and an exciting time for them and their families as they get ready for September.”

A very small number of pupils have not been offered a place at one of their preference schools. We are advising parents, carers and students who wish to discuss your offer to contact our admissions teams, who are available to talk through their options, by calling 03330 142903.

Some children may be feeling nervous or worried about starting secondary school. Our Your Mind Matters website has lots of resources to support the wellbeing of children and young people along with advice to help parents and carers.

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