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More children get first choice secondary school in Bradford district

More children get first choice secondary school in Bradford district

Published by Harry Long at 3:07pm 2nd March 2020. (Updated at 3:11pm 2nd March 2020)

More children in Keighley and Ilkley will be going to their preferred secondary school in September.  

  • More than 75 per cent of pupils across the Bradford District will receive their first preference of secondary school. 
  • It's a three per cent increase compared to last year. 
  •  6,057 children will be offered their first preference school across the district - the highest figure in five years.

Figures show the Bradford district has seen an increase of 3 per cent  in the number of pupils being offered their first preference of secondary school place.

The figures have been released as part of Secondary Allocation for National Offer Day, which is today.  They show that over 75 per cent of pupils across the Bradford District will receive their first preference, compared to 72 per cent in 2019. 

This means that 6,057 children will be offered their first preference school - the highest figure in five years.

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1 per cent - 87 -  fewer children have been allocated against their preference. This is when children do not receive any of their preferences and are allocated the nearest school with an available place which may require public transport.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said:

"It is very good news that more Bradford families are getting into their first preference of secondary school with this year's figure of 75 per cent a three percent increase on last year and up to a five-year high.

"Of the 8,036 total applications from families for a secondary school place for September, more than 93 per cent have been allocated a school they have chosen.

"We appreciate how much it means to families to secure a place for their child at the school of their choice and we try very hard to achieve this wherever we possibly can. We continue to work hard to ensure that our secondary schools have the capacity to meet demand for places."

Bradford Council’s Admissions Team have sent emails to parents and carers who applied online confirming the outcome of their application. Parents and carers who did not apply online will be sent letters directly to their home address by post.

Parents who are expecting letters are asked not to contact the Council before 5th March, to allow time for their letters to arrive.