MORE than nine out of ten pupils in Worcestershire have secured a place at their first choice secondary school.
Out of a total of 5630 applicants, 5273 (or 94 per cent) were awarded a place at their preferred school, which is an increase of 75 pupils from 2016.
There were a further 220 pupils offered their second choice and 36 offered their third choice.
It means that 98 per cent of children were offered a place at one of their top three choices of school, and, like in 2016, there were no pupils left without an offer.
The application process closed on October 31 last year and the new online admissions system made applying easier than ever.
Coun Marc Bayliss, responsible for children and families at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Gaining a place at secondary school is one of the biggest moments in a young person’s life, and it is important that pupils are given the opportunity to study in their favoured environment.
“Every year there is a nervous wait for children and parents throughout the County to find out which schools have made offers.
“Last year’s results proved to be tremendous, and this year has been even better.
“We’re delighted to confirm that every single child has a place at secondary school, and a fantastic 94 per cent can look forward to starting the next chapter of their education in September at the school of their choice.
“A huge thank you to the Provision Planning and Admissions teams who have done a wonderful job ensuring every child in Worcestershire has a place, and 98 per cent of pupils at one of their three preferred schools.”
Nine out of ten schools in Worcestershire are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and 70 per cent of young people achieve five or more GCSEs.