Secondary school places announced

98 per cent of applications completed on-time were offered one of their three preferences this year


Release date: 2 February 2020

Almost nine out of ten young people in West Sussex who applied for a secondary school place have today been offered their first preference school.

West Sussex County Council has offered 9,143 secondary school places in this year’s secondary transfer admissions round for September 2020.

Figures for West Sussex show:

  • 98 per cent of applications completed on-time were offered one of their three preferences (97.3 per cent of all applicants)
  • 87.5 per cent of on-time applicants received their first preference (86.6 per cent of all applicants)

All of these figures show an improvement on last year. Applicants still waiting for their offer shouldn’t be concerned – emails from the West Sussex admissions team should be received no later than 5pm today (2 February, 2020).

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I’m pleased that once again every pupil who applied has been given a secondary place, with the vast majority offered one of their three preferences. This is an exciting time for these young people who can now begin planning to further their education this September.

“I am grateful to schools for working so well with our planning and admissions staff, who again processed over 9,000 applicants this year.”

We are aware that a very small number of pupils have not be offered a place at one of their preference schools. Should they wish to discuss their placement we would advise parents, carers and students to contact our admissions teams, who are available to discuss their options.

For the admissions team north (Horsham) ring 0330 142903 or
For the admissions team south (Worthing) ring 0330 142903 or

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