More children than ever before gain a place at one of their preferred secondary schools

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Young people across Cornwall have been finding out today where they will be going to secondary school in September, with the number of children in Cornwall gaining a place at their first preference school going up again.

Data released today (Monday, March 1) show that 5,436 pupils have been allocated their first preference school and 5,648 pupils have been allocated a place in one of their three preferred schools.

Sally Hawken, Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that so many young people will be studying at one of their preferred schools. We are very grateful to our partners in secondary schools for their support and help to promote on-time applications.”

The Council received 5,687 applications by the national deadline, compared to 5,798 in 2020, with 99.31% of pupils gaining a place in one of their preferred schools.

Service Director of Education Kate Evan-Hughes said: “Pressure on secondary school places will continue over the next few years and we are planning for future demand. There are two expansion schemes in the pipeline, Penair School and Launceston Community College with other pressure areas also under review for potential expansion.

“Our aim is to ensure that as many children as possible can attend their preferred school now and in the years to come. I would like to thank the School Admissions Team for their hard work and to the secondary schools across Cornwall that have worked in partnership with Cornwall Council to make this work for young people.”

Parents waiting to find out if their child has secured a place at their preferred primary school will know on April 16, 2021.

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