How oversubscribed is your child’s school?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:23 08 March 2018

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More than 90 per cent of students have secured their first choice secondary school as North Somerset Council smashes the national average.

The local authority revealed this week it has managed to place 92.7 per cent of pupils in their preferred school, beating last year’s 92.3 per cent despite seeing a seven per cent increase in the number of applications.

Priory Community School and Churchill Academy both surpassed their capacity while Worle Community School, Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College and Hans Price Academy still have places available.

The authority praised Priory and Portishead’s Gordano School for creating more year seven spaces.

Priory – which is part of the Priory Learning Trust (PLT) – has been able to offer an additional 44 places while Gordano, which was also over subscribed, was able to create an additional 28.

The council received 2,316 applications with all students who applied for their closest school being allocated a place there – an extra 153 entries than last year.

Thirty-six students were not offered a place at their three preferences as they had not chosen their local school, with just 23 having just one preference.

Hans Price Academy principal, Tony Searle said, “We are delighted we have made more offers than ever before.

“The Academy is growing rapidly and we have received more first preference applications than at any time previously. “Across all three preferences Hans Price received more than 265 applications. This is a measure of the growing confidence the community have in our work.

“After late applications and allocations are complete we anticipate being close to 200 pupils in year seven in September 2018 which is fantastic news as we seek to build upon our recent ‘good’ rating in our Ofsted inspection.”

Councillor Jan Barber, executive member for children and young people’s services, said: “We had 98.4 per cent of applicants receive one of their three preferences this year.

“This is a fantastic achievement and well above the national average (94.6 per cent in 2017).

“In order to accommodate this extremely large year group our pupil, places and planning team have worked extremely hard with Priory and Gordano schools to increase the number of places from September 2018.”

PLT executive headteacher, Neville Coles, said: “Priory was very pleased to receive 377 first choice applications for our 300 places this year.

“We have increased the year seven number at the school by 44 and have been funded to extend facilities by the local authority.

“We have 282 students starting at Worle Community School and have just 18 places free. This is up 20 on last year at this stage.

“We thank the local community for the great support and we thank the local authority for the support with new facilities at Priory.”

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