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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Almost 80% of children offered place at first preference secondary school

The vast majority of children in the Bradford district will go to their preferred secondary school.

Almost 95% of families in the Bradford district have been offered a place for their child at one of their preferred secondary schools.

Of the families that applied for a Year 7 place for September 2022, 94.8% have been offered a place at one of their five preferred schools, and 91% have been offered one of their top three preferences which is an increase from last year.

More than 79% of children – 6,485 – have been offered a place at their first preference school. This is a rise of 2.77% from last year and is at the highest rate in the district for seven years.

In total, Bradford Council received 8,167 applications for places at secondary schools starting this autumn.

Parents and carers across the district have been receiving emails since 8am this morning to let them know which schools their children have been offered for the step up to secondary school this September.

Eager parents were also able to log into the council’s online system from midnight to discover where they had been offered a place. Parents and carers who did not apply online, or opted out of emails, will receive their offer in the post. Families that are expecting letters are asked not to contact the council before 5 March to allow time for their letters to arrive.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “I am very happy that once again, despite huge demand for places, the overwhelming majority of families across the Bradford district have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

“The move from primary to secondary school is a big step and I wish all these young people the very best when they make that exciting transition later in the year.

“We know just how much it means to families to secure a place for their child at the school of their preference and we try very hard to achieve this wherever possible.

“I recognise there will be some disappointment for those who have not secured exactly what they wanted and where this is the case, I would advise parents to visit our website to look at further options.”


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