Four fifths of young people in Wolverhampton have been allocated a place at their preferred secondary school, data released this week shows.

Some 80% of applicants who will be starting secondary education this autumn were allocated a place at their first preference school, with 95% of pupils securing a place at either their first or one of their other chosen schools.

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "We understand how important the allocation of school places is to pupils and their parents, and we want as any of our young people as possible to secure a place at one of their preferred schools.

"I am pleased that four fifths of children achieved a place at their first choice secondary school, and that 95% have secured one of their preferred schools.

"Demand for places in Wolverhampton schools is increasing all the time. We've now got more good or outstanding rated schools in the city than ever before, and are seeing improved outcomes for children and young people across the board, from our very youngest pupils to those heading into further education, employment or training for the first time.

"We also have a lot of extremely popular schools in Wolverhampton and therefore there will always be a small number of parents and pupils who don't get a place at one of their preferred schools.

"The council will be operating a waiting list over the coming months, and parents who are unhappy with the place allocated to their child also have the opportunity to make an appeal which will be considered by an independent panel."

Any parents of children due to start secondary school this autumn who haven't yet applied for a place should do so immediately by calling the council's school admissions team on 01902 551122.

Meanwhile, parents whose children will start secondary school in September 2017 are being encouraged to begin thinking about their preferred school now.

Councillor Darke added: "With demand for school places likely to be even higher next year, I would like to remain parents of pupils joining us in 2017 that they should get their applications in promptly when the window opens later this year, as missing the deadline can significantly affect their chances of securing a place at their preferred school."

  • released: Thursday 3 March, 2016