More parents receive a place in one of their three secondary school preferences

Parents in Herefordshire join those across England today (Friday 1 March), with finding out which secondary school their child will be attending in September 2019.

Herefordshire Council has made 1,801 offers of places in schools across the county with the following parental preference success rates:

First preference: 1,618 offers, which is 89.8% of the total offers

Second preference: 93 offers, which is 5.1% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 94.9%

Third preference: 7 offers, which is 0.4% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 99.6%

In comparison to last year fewer parents got their first school preference (89.8% compared to 91.5% in 2018), but more parents got a place in one of their three preferences (99.6% compared to 96.9% in 2018).

The remaining 83 places offered (4.6%), were to parents whose preferences could not be met and their offer was for the nearest school to their home address with available spaces.

As in previous years, Herefordshire schools continue to be a net importer of pupils, with more pupils from neighbouring counties requesting places in the county’s schools than Herefordshire pupils requesting places in other counties.

There are currently 4 Herefordshire secondary schools with waiting lists and 5 have available spaces.

The council has continued to promote its online application service to parents again this year.

Published: Friday, 1st March 2019