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Most families secure preferred school places

Most families secure preferred school places

Published at 4:18pm 2nd March 2016. (Updated at 1:12pm 3rd March 2016)

Just over 90% of parents in North Yorkshire have secured their first secondary school preference for their child.

The figure is higher than last year and continues the high percentages of recent years.

Over 95% of all children have received an offer from one of their top three preferences.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools, said: "This is good news that once again North Yorkshire County Council, as co-ordinating authority for all maintained schools and academies across the county, has been able to satisfy a high level of parental preference for secondary school places.

"As a local authority, we work with schools across the county to make sure all of them deliver the highest standards of education, so that families who are not given first preferences will nevertheless be able to send their children to good schools."

However, parents are being urged to submit their application on time and list as many preferences as possible.

It's particularly important in areas such as Harrogate, where there is pressure on school places.

Four out of the five secondary schools in Harrogate have chosen to admit above their published admission numbers, which means that more children are offered a place at the school ranked as their highest preference.

Some parents who submitted their child's application late, didn't actually submit an application or failed to list their local school will miss out.

More information about applications is available at www.northyorks.gov.uk