SCHOOL children across the borough have been informed of their secondary school places in September - with 97 per cent securing their first choice.

Earlier today (March 1), it was revealed that 96.9 per cent of children have been offered their first choice of secondary school - the largest percentage of first choice offers achieved in recent years.

Coun Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, said: “This is excellent news, and we’re incredibly proud to see a significant increase in first choice secondary school places.

“This is a result of effective partnership working between our school admissions team and secondary schools.

“We recognise some children and families may have received disappointing news today, and we will support them in their next steps.

“Please notify our school admissions team in writing if you don’t want to accept the place offered within ten working days of receiving the offer.

“Those who haven’t received a place for their child at their chosen school can complete a Notice of Appeal form and return it to us by March 31. Appeals will be held between May and June 2021.

“The admissions team is happy to support any parents wishing to appeal with appropriate advice and guidance throughout the process.

“They can be contacted by emailing or calling 773677.”