Ninety per cent of Lincolnshire children get ‘first choice’ secondary school

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The vast majority of more than 7,900 Lincolnshire children starting at secondary school will receive an offer of a place at their ‘first preference’ school this year.

Parents who applied online for their child to start at secondary school can collect their offer by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions by Friday March 17.

The county council will also post offer letters to parents using a paper form.

The council is advising parents to accept the place offered even if the school was not one of their preferences, as this ensures that their child will have a school place for September.

Once parents have formally accepted a school place, they can apply for transport.

In some cases, parents may not have received an offer at one of their preferred schools and might want to appeal against this.

Parents who have applied online and need to appeal to an independent school admission appeals panel can usually do this online.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “Yet again, it’s good to see so many children getting their first school of preference. It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their choice of school

“There are many stories about how stressful the admissions process can be, but every year the overwhelming majority of parents have no problems in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”