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Proportion of students offered first choice secondary school rises

01 March 2024

A greater percentage of Cambridgeshire students will be going to their first choice secondary school this September.

A total of 87.9 per cent have been offered a place at their first choice school – up from 87.1 per cent last year.

The proportion offered a place at their first, second or third preference school has also risen – from 95.4 per cent in 2023 to 95.8 per cent this year.

The total number of places offered this year was fewer than last – 7,220 compared with 7,413.

Year 6 students hear this week (1 March) which secondary school has offered them a place for September 2024.

Cllr Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee said: “Our admissions team and place planning team work tirelessly to make sure places are allocated in time for September and once again have done an excellent job.

“I am delighted that the vast majority will attend one of their top three choices, which will ensure the transition from primary to secondary school will be as seamless as possible.”