Almost nine in ten parents in North Yorkshire (89.87%) secured their first secondary school preference for their child, continuing the high percentages of recent years.

Of all North Yorkshire children who requested a school place, almost 94% received an offer from one of their top three preferences of secondary school.

This year’s cohort of North Yorkshire pupils transferring to secondary school was 6,205.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said:

“Once again so many of our families have gained the first preference from their choice of schools, which is great news.

“We work with schools across the county to ensure they deliver the highest standards of education, so families will increasingly be able to send their children to good schools.”

In North Yorkshire, parents can state a preference for up to five schools on their application form.

Cllr Mulligan added:

“This year, the authority has seen a rise in the number of parents who have not made full use of this opportunity or did not complete a common application form before the published deadline as required.

“As the authority must ensure that each child is allocated a school place on the national offer day, there has unfortunately been a need to place children in schools which in some cases could be some distance from their home.  Every effort will be made to accommodate parental wishes following allocation day where there is capacity in their chosen schools.”

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