Doncaster kids get school places of choice

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VIRTUALLY all children in Doncaster have been offered a place at one of their preferred secondary schools. It comes on National Announcement day – when local authorities across the country tell parents/guardians and the Department for Education the outcomes of the 2012/13 school admissions process.

Ninety-nine percent of children across Doncaster have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools, maintaining the level from last year. And 96 per cent have received a place at their first preferred school.

Out of more than 3,000 applications just 31 children did not receive one of their preferred schools. All of these children have been offered a place at their local school. Parents who have been refused places have been offered the right to an independent appeal. The Council is also happy to work with families to identify where alternative places are available.

Doncaster Council’s Director of the Children and Young People’s Service, Chris Pratt, said: “Our figures reflect the hard work of our Admissions and Pupil Services Team and is testament of our ongoing commitment in trying to ensure as many children as possible start the next academic year at one of their preferred schools.”