Rise in students securing first choice school place in Suffolk

MORE students are getting places at their first choice of school in Suffolk, according to new figures.

Statistics released this week show that 97 per cent of pupils applying for a place at one of Suffolk’s high or upper schools got their first preference place. This is an increase from 95 per last year.

The county council sent out letters and emails to parents and carers informing them of the outcome of their child’s application to schools, on Thursday.

Graham Newman, portfolio holder for children, schools and young people’s services, said he was “thrilled” about the rise in success rate.

“We have some superb schools in Suffolk so I am delighted to see even more pupils able to go to the school of their choice,” he said.

“Progressing to secondary school and beginning preparations for GCSEs is an important moment for any young person, so the more we can do to make the transition right for the student, the better. I wish everyone starting a new school in September every success and I hope they settle in quickly to their new surroundings.”

Of the 8,735 school applications in the county, a total of 8,490 pupils secured a place at their first choice of school.