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Most Surrey pupils offered a secondary school of their choice

Surrey has offered most children a secondary school of their choice amid rising demand for places.

More than four in five Surrey pupils were offered a place at the secondary school they stated as their first preference when allocations were made this week.

More than nine in 10 were offered a place at one of their top three preferred schools.

Figures from Surrey County Council on ‘national offer day’ also show that the number of Surrey pupils applying for secondary school places rose by more than 300 this year to a record high of nearly 11,000.

Some 10,929 Surrey residents applied for places for September 2015 – up 2.85% from 10,626.

The figures show:

* 82.4% of Surrey applicants were offered their first preference school
* 93.3% of Surrey applicants were offered one of their top three preferences
* It is the second year running that the proportion of applicants being offered their first preference school has declined; the figure was 85% in 2013 and 83% last year

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: ‘I’m pleased that so many Surrey children have got into a secondary school they wanted and this is despite a record number of applications.  

‘While the increase in secondary school applications is manageable this year, it is a sign of things to come.

‘Applications to primary schools have been rising steadily and in the coming years these pupils will transfer to secondary schools. It is now the second year running that the proportion of Surrey applicants offered their first preference secondary school has fallen, reflecting growing demand for places as our county’s population rises.

‘Also, 92 per cent of Surrey secondary schools are now rated “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted, making them very popular with pupils and their parents.

‘But it is becoming harder and harder to pay for the school places we need because demand is not being matched by extra funding from the Government, leaving us with a shortfall of more than £30million-a-year to create the 13,000 additional places we need over the next five years.’

The table below shows the number of offers made by each secondary school to Surrey parents who named the school as their first preference, second preference and third preference. Parents can state six preferences in total. In addition, offers may have been made to applicants who live outside the county.

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