Wokingham Borough parents today (1 March) received offers of places at secondary schools with nearly 90 per cent of applicants being allocated their first choice of secondary school, up from 86 per cent in 2015. Fewer than 3 per cent had neither their first or second preferences.
The borough council organises applications for local residents, acting on behalf of schools in the Wokingham Borough and neighbouring areas. This year marked a new start, with the new school in the south of the borough on the former Arborfield Garrison site confirmed for the autumn term as part of the admissions process.
This new school provides extra school places at a time when pupil numbers are set to grow, and means that the council can be sure to have enough places for local children.
The Local Government Association yesterday (29 February) issued a warning that local authorities face a challenge delivering these places, stating ‘Official figures show that 3,287,000 secondary school places will be needed in 2024, compared to 2,740,000 in 2015’. The Wokingham Borough is well placed to meet the challenge of providing sufficient secondary school places.
Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: "Bringing a new school into the system is a huge team effort in itself. Operating the co-ordinated admissions system, under tight timescales, with the aim of meeting everybody’s wishes is a major task. We’ve managed to do that for nearly 90% of applicants and with an increase in applications.
"These figures show that the Wokingham Borough’s efforts and planning have been well worthwhile."
Further information about school admissions in the Wokingham Borough can be found on the school admissions page.