West Sussex school admission figures are better than national average

More than nine out of ten West Sussex children were offered their first choice school in 2017

 
Last updated:
29 June 2017

New school admission figures show West Sussex is better than the national average.

More than nine out of ten West Sussex children were offered their first choice school in 2017 – and 99 per cent were offered one of their preferred schools.

Figures for applications in West Sussex in September 2017 show:

• 98.3 per cent of secondary applicants offered one of their three preferences
• 91.1 per cent of secondary applicants offered their first preference
• 98.6 per cent of primary applicants offered one of their three preferences
• 90.2 per cent of primary applicants offered their first preference.

In comparison, 83.5% of secondary applicants and 90.0% of primary applicants in England were offered their first choice.

West Sussex’s figures are also higher than those for the South East as a whole, where 85.2 per cent of secondary applicants and 88.8 per cent of primary applicants were offered their first choice.

All West Sussex pupils who needed a place got one.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “This is excellent news. Our allocations team here at West Sussex have done a fantastic job.

“We’re pleased we were able to offer the vast majority of West Sussex children the primary school place they wanted this year with more than nine out of ten getting their first preference.”

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