More children have been offered their first-choice secondary school, despite a rise in pupil numbers.
Almost nine out of 10 Oxfordshire children due to start secondary school in September have been offered a place at their top-choice school.
In total, 88.8 per cent of pupils have received a first-preference offer – slightly higher than last year’s figure (88.6 per cent) – despite 229 more youngsters transferring compared to last year.
A further six per cent have been offered their second choice and 1.55 per cent offered their third preference.
This leaves 3.2 per cent of applicants being offered a place at a school not among their stated preferences.
Hilary Hibbert-Biles, responsible for education at Oxfordshire County Council, said she is pleased “we have been able to give the vast majority of families the news they were hoping to receive”.
Overall, 6,848 Oxfordshire children are transferring to secondary schools this year – 229 more than in 2017. Of these, 6,083 have been offered their first preference school – 216 more than last year.
They county’s secondary school age population is expected to continue to increase over the next few years, as primary school growth over the last decade translates into greater demand for secondary school places.
Cllr Hibbert-Biles said the council is looking at expanding schools where needed.
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