Surrey has offered five out of six applicants their first preference secondary school after demand for places reached a record high.
Eighty-four per cent were given the school they put first on their list and 94 per cent were offered one of their top three preferred schools.
The number applying for secondary school places this September rose by 206 to 11,338 – enough to fill almost seven extra classes.
Figures from Surrey County Council for secondary school “national offer day” show:
*83.7% of Surrey applicants were offered their first preference school – down from 84.5% last year
*93.9% of Surrey applicants were offered one of their top three preferences – down from 94.6% last year
*11,338 Surrey residents applied for secondary school places – up 1.9% from 11,132 last year
*All Surrey pupils who needed a place got one
Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “In a year when we processed a record number of secondary school applications, we’re pleased we were able to offer five out of six Surrey pupils the school they wanted.
“Demand is rising steadily for secondary places in Surrey following an increase in primary numbers but despite this pressure we’ve offered 94 per cent of Surrey pupils one of their top three choices and all who needed a place have been given one.
“We need an extra 11,000 places across the primary and secondary school system over the next five years but face huge financial challenges keeping pace with growing demand which is why we’re continuing to highlight the need for a fair deal on funding.”
* 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.