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1,000 pupils miss out on first school choice

Posted on: March 9, 2016

NINE out of 10 pupils have got into their top choice high schools across the region despite increasing pressure on places.

Growing competition has meant some schools have been forced to turn away dozens of potential students for this September.

The problems have been fuelled by a bulge in pupil numbers, which has been working its way through the primary school system and is now beginning to affect secondary education.

Across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire East, nearly 1,000 young people missed out on their top choice schools.

But overall, more than 94 per cent of the 7,406 families who applied for a Staffordshire school have been allocated their first preference.

In Stoke-on-Trent, 88.9 per cent of the 2,637 pupils secured their number one choice.

And 4,650 Cheshire East families – 95 per cent – bagged their first preference school.

The selective St Joseph’s College, in Trent Vale, is the city’s most oversubscribed secondary, turning away 129 students.

But it was almost pipped to the post by Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, where 122 youngsters have had to be rejected.

Mark Stanyer, principal of the Blurton school, said: “We’ve had more than 500 applications altogether this year, which is remarkable.

“But whereas it’s nice to be very popular, in terms of parents recognising we are a good school with outstanding features, it’s a shame we can’t accommodate all the students who want to come here.

“This is the third year where that’s happened. We’ve got people across the city applying to come here.”

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy won’t know until next term how many parents are taking their cases to appeal.


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