More young people in Wolverhampton have been allocated a place at their preferred secondary school this year, data released today (Monday 2 March, 2015) shows.

Some 80% of applicants were allocated a place at their first preference school, with 94.5% of pupils securing a place at one of their other choices.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "We understand how important the allocation of school places is to parents and pupils.

"We want as many of our young people as possible to secure a place at one of their preferred schools, and I am pleased that the number of pupils who achieved a place at their first choice secondary school has increased this year.

"We have a lot of extremely popular schools in Wolverhampton and therefore there are always going to be parents and pupils who are disappointed because they haven't got a place at the school they wanted.

"We are, however, operating waiting lists over the coming months, while parents who are unhappy with the place allocated to their child can also appeal to 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 551459.

Meanwhile, parents whose children will start secondary school in September 2016 are being encouraged to begin thinking about their preferred school now.

Councillor Page said: "Parents 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: Monday 2 March, 2015