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Four out of five Brighton and Hove pupils will go to their first choice school in September

The Argus: Four out of five Brighton and Hove pupils will go to their first choice school in September Four out of five Brighton and Hove pupils will go to their first choice school in September

More than four out of five secondary schoolchildren will be going to their first choice school in September.

Brighton and Hove City Council has announced that 82.38% of pupils will go to their first choice secondary school in September – a slight rise on last year.

In total, more than 95% of schoolchildren in Brighton and Hove have been offered one of their three preferred schools in this year’s secondary school admissions round.

However the number of children who failed to get into any of their top three and will instead start in their nearest school with available places has also increased with 115 schools missing out – an increase of 75% on 2012/13.

The council said in most cases this was the fault of parents had failed to put down their catchment area school or schools as their preference while an increase of 125 in the total number of applications was also a factor.

The council was not able to offer places to 22 children who had put down their catchment area school because of more pupils applying than places available.

The council’s director of children’s services, Pinaki Ghoshal, said: “This has been a good year overall for us in terms of meeting parental preferences.

“However, we are very sorry indeed that we have not been able to offer places to the 22 children who put down their catchment area school.

“Anyone who is unhappy with their school place allocation has the right to appeal.”

Details of how to lodge an appeal are available on our website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/school-appeals.

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6:58pm Mon 3 Mar 14

willshouse says...

And they want to build hundreds of new homes in ovingdean an area with no schools already reliant on schools in the neighbouring villages
And they want to build hundreds of new homes in ovingdean an area with no schools already reliant on schools in the neighbouring villages willshouse
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12:03am Tue 4 Mar 14

Dave At Home says...

"However the number of children who failed to get into any of their top three and will instead start in their nearest school with available places has also increased with 115 schools missing out – an increase of 75% on 2012/13."

Is there really 115 schools in the area?
"However the number of children who failed to get into any of their top three and will instead start in their nearest school with available places has also increased with 115 schools missing out – an increase of 75% on 2012/13." Is there really 115 schools in the area? Dave At Home
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2:56am Tue 4 Mar 14

All 9 of me says...

which, roughly translated means, 20 % won't.
which, roughly translated means, 20 % won't. All 9 of me
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5:57am Tue 4 Mar 14

MikeyA says...

What happened to just attending your closest school?
What happened to just attending your closest school? MikeyA
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9:59am Tue 4 Mar 14

willshouse says...

MikeyA wrote:
What happened to just attending your closest school?
its changed to a lottery system. you could live next to a school and still not get in if there are more applicants than places
[quote][p][bold]MikeyA[/bold] wrote: What happened to just attending your closest school?[/p][/quote]its changed to a lottery system. you could live next to a school and still not get in if there are more applicants than places willshouse
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2:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

busybrightonian says...

My son is one of the 22 not offered a place in his catchment area, Really, really annoyed. And the school we've been offered a place at is miles away. Not exactly local.
My son is one of the 22 not offered a place in his catchment area, Really, really annoyed. And the school we've been offered a place at is miles away. Not exactly local. busybrightonian
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10:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Tobermory23 says...

willshouse wrote:
MikeyA wrote:
What happened to just attending your closest school?
its changed to a lottery system. you could live next to a school and still not get in if there are more applicants than places
The catchment/lottery system does mean children attend their closest school, or at least one within their catchment area. Only 22 children in Brighton and Hove, who put down the school(s) in their catchment area, have not have allocated a school in their catchment area. Not saying that is any comfort to the 22 who have been let down by the school spaces available.
[quote][p][bold]willshouse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MikeyA[/bold] wrote: What happened to just attending your closest school?[/p][/quote]its changed to a lottery system. you could live next to a school and still not get in if there are more applicants than places[/p][/quote]The catchment/lottery system does mean children attend their closest school, or at least one within their catchment area. Only 22 children in Brighton and Hove, who put down the school(s) in their catchment area, have not have allocated a school in their catchment area. Not saying that is any comfort to the 22 who have been let down by the school spaces available. Tobermory23
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