Over 93% of pupils secure place at their first-choice secondary school

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Over 93% of parents and carers have been offered their first-choice secondary school in the Cumberland Council area for children starting secondary school this September.

Nearly all pupils were offered a school of their choice with over 99% of families securing an offer at their first, second or third preference school.

Of 2836 applicants across Cumberland, 2651 were offered a place at their first preference school.

Cllr Elaine Lynch, Cumberland Council’s Executive Member for Lifelong Learning and Development, said: “It is wonderful that nearly all students have been accepted into their first-choice school.

“A huge thanks goes to our schools for their support and all those who have helped to ensure we received as many on time applications as possible. I send my best wishes to all those moving to secondary school in September as they take the next important step in their education.”

Parents and carers whose children have not been offered places at their first preference school are being provided with information about how to lodge an appeal.

As a newly established Local Authority, this is the first time that Cumberland Council has managed the phased admissions process.

Parents and carers have been informed of their allocated school via email or letter, depending on their preference. However, parents and carers are advised to contact Cumberland School Admissions Team at school.admissions@cumberland.gov.uk if they have any queries and a member of the team will be pleased to assist.

Where applications were received late, parents will be informed of the outcome at the beginning of April.

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