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Nearly all Surrey pupils get a place at chosen school

More than nine out of 10 Surrey pupils have been offered a place at one of their chosen schools.

Ninety six percent of pupils secured a place at one of their preferred schools and 84% were offered their first preference.*

The news came in the same week as Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Learning Tim Hall spoke at a national event looking at school admissions.

He shared the platform at the Inside Government conference with Baroness Perry of Southwark, a vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on education, and Elizabeth Passmore, the National Adjudicator for Admissions.

Mr Hall said: “Once again more than nine out of 10 Surrey pupils have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools. More than eight out of 10 pupils got their first preference.

“At the conference, I set out how we can work as one team with the new academies so they can benefit from our expertise and I put forward some ideas about changing the way we communicate with parents.

“For years we’ve relied on notice boards, newsletters and the like. Now, thanks to the wonder of modern technology, we can also communicate in an instant, which means we can get an immediate idea of parents’ views.”

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Notes for editors

* Secondary school place figures for September 2012:

84% of pupils offered their first preference school (83% in September 2011)
96% offered one of their preferences (96% in September 2011)
All pupils who applied for a place at a Surrey secondary school will get one

** Academies set their own admissions rules.

Media requiring more information should contact Jacob Leverett in Surrey County Council’s media relations team on 0208 541 9419 or jacob.leverett@surreycc.gov.uk

For more information about secondary school admissions visit the schools admissions page.

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