Hundreds of Thurrock students not given first choice secondary school

Thurrock Council Offices

ONLY 72% of pupils who are expected to begin secondary school in Thurrock this September have been offered their top school preference.

This compares to 88% in areas such as Harlow and 85% in Essex.

Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Portfolio Holder for Education, said: “Thanks to our continued investment in school places across the borough we can ensure that as many children as possible are able to attend one of their preferred secondary school choices.

“I wish all our young people the best of luck as they make their transition from primary to secondary school and continue to learn, develop and achieve in Thurrock.”

Full breakdown of figures for 2020

• 72.1% of parents offered 1st preference school
• 11.6% of parents offered 2nd preference school
• 4.7% of parents offered 3rd preference school
• 2.2% of parents offered 4th preference school
• 0.7% of parents offered 5th preference school
• 0.8% of parents offered 6th preference school
• 8% of parents could not be offered any of their preferences and have been offered a place at the nearest school with space

Total number of applicants = 2,449

Full breakdown of figures for Harlow

88.33% – offered 1st preference
6.26% – offered 2nd preference
1.87% – offered 3rd preference
0.56% – offered 4th preference
0.56% – offered 5th preference
0.19% – offered 6th preference
2.24% – could not be offered any of their preferences and have been offered a place at the nearest school with space

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Full breakdown of figures for 2020

• 85.45% of parents offered 1st preference school
• 7.99% of parents offered 2nd preference school
• 2.43% of parents offered 3rd preference school
• 1.11% of parents offered 4th preference school
• 0.49% of parents offered 5th preference school
• 0.16% of parents offered 6th preference school
• 2.37% of parents could not be offered any of their preferences and have been offered a place at the nearest school with space

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