97% of parents/carers offered first choice school admission place for their children

The number of Year 6 children resident in the East Riding who have been awarded places for the school named by their parents/carers as their first preference has risen to nearly 97% in this year’s secondary school admissions round.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 7:45 am
The council received 3,354 applications from East Riding resident parents of pupils due to start in September.

Letters and emails to parents/carers informing them of the outcome of their applications for secondary school places in September 2021, are being received from today, Monday, March 1.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council received 3,354 applications from East Riding resident parents of pupils due to start at a secondary school in September 2021.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic which has meant council services have needed to change how they operate, 3,250 (96.9%, an increase of 1.7% on 2020) have been allocated a place at their first preference school and 3,321 (99%, an increase of 0.2% on 2020) have been allocated a place at one of the three schools parent/carers named as their first, second or third preference.

These figures are an improvement on the results of last year’s secondary admissions round.

In addition, a focus on increasing the number of East Riding residents applying online for a school resulted in the numbers of those applying online increasing by over 10% from last year.

320 children living in other local authority areas have been allocated places at schools in the area, with the largest number (254) coming from Hull. 227 East Riding resident children have been allocated places at schools in other local authority areas, including 128 who have been allocated places at schools in Hull.

Deborah Myers, the council’s head of children and young people, education and schools, said: “It is excellent news that nearly 97% of parents and carers have been able to access their first choice of secondary school for their children.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “It is pleasing to see so many children have been awarded places at the school named by their parents/ carers as their first preference, despite more children needing places this year.

“Parents have clearly shown that they want their children to go to their local school and to be a part of their local community.”