Hundreds of Peterborough pupils not offered place at first choice secondary school - and nearly 200 not offered a place at any of their first three preferences

The number of Peterborough pupils being offered a place at their first choice secondary school has fallen to below 80 per cent.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 11:52 am

Last year, a total of 2,317 youngsters - 81.6 per cent - were able to go to their first choice secondary school.

Yesterday youngsters received their offers - and 78.3 per cent (2,222 pupils) were given a place at their first choice school.

The number of pupils who were not offered a place at any of their first three choices rose from 4.8 per cent (137) to 6.7 per cent (192) this year.

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The number of applications received by the council increased from 2,537 last year to 2,810 this year.

A spokesperson for Peterborough City Council said: "78.3% of secondary school applicants for 2021/22 entry received their first preference, in comparison to 81.6% in the previous year. This small reduction is due to an increase in the number of applications compared to the previous year, and fewer applicants requesting the school nearest to home - or a school within their catchment area - as their first preference."

In total, 2,838 offers of places were made - one fewer than last year.

This year 10.1 per cent of youngsters (311) were offered their second choice of school - down from 10.1 per cent ( 290) the previous year.

A further 3.98 per cent (113) were offered their third choice, up from 3.3 per cent (95) last year.

Yesterday it was revealed that more than 90 per cent of children in Cambridgeshire were given a place at their first choice secondary school.