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More pupils offered first-choice secondary school

01 March 2023

The number of pupils offered a place at one of their preferred Cambridgeshire secondary schools has risen.

In total, 6459 pupils have been allocated a place at their first-choice secondary school for September 2023, compared to 6285 last year.

This represents 87 per cent, compared to 90 per cent last year – but the total number of places allocated has increased from 6983 last year to 7413 this year.

The percentage of pupils offered a place at their second or third choice school has also risen – from 7.2 per cent (501 pupils) in 2022 to 8 per cent (619 pupils) in 2023.

Year 6 students will hear today (1 March) which secondary school has offered them a place for September 2023.

Cllr Maria King, Vice-Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “Our admissions team work tirelessly to make sure pupils get a place at their first-choice secondary school, and once again they have done an excellent job.

“It’s encouraging to see that the vast majority will attend one of their top three options which will ensure the transition from primary to secondary school will be as seamless as possible.”