Just 77% of pupils in Thurrock get first choice school

MORE than 92% of pupils who are expected to begin secondary school in Thurrock this September have been offered one of their top three school preferences.

Offers announced today (Monday 1 March) have revealed that 92.4% of students will be able to attend one of their top choices, an increase from 88.4% in 2020.

Over three quarters of pupils (77.1%) will be able to attend their first choice of school – up from 72.1% in 2020.

Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Portfolio Holder for Education, said: “Through our investment in school places across the borough we have been able to make sure as many children as possible are able to attend one of their preferred secondary school choices, and indeed 5% more pupils have been offered their first choice this year.

“I know it has been an exceptionally challenging last year in primary school for our young people and I would like to wish them all the very best as they make their transition from primary to secondary school where they will continue to develop and thrive.”

Since 2016 Thurrock Council has invested £10 million in expanding schools and helped new free schools secure over £50 million of government funding. This includes the expansions at Corringham Primary, Abbots Hall Primary Academy, Ockendon Academy, Benyon Primary School and new schools Orsett Heath Academy and Cooperative Riverside Secondary School along with the new Harris Academy Purfleet School.

When all work is completed it will mean that over 2,000 additional school places will have been created in Thurrock over the last five years.

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