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Secondary Education: Admissions

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children living in the Furtherwick school catchment area of Canvey Island have not secured a place at their first option for a secondary school in 2008; (196933)

(2) how many children did not secure a place at their first option for a secondary school on Canvey Island in each of the last five years;

(3) how many children living in the Furtherwick secondary school catchment area of Canvey Island have not secured their second choice of school for September 2008; and if he will make a statement.

This is the first year that local authorities have been required to provide data to the Secretary of State on secondary school offers made to parents on national offer day. These data were published on the DCSF research gateway (www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway) on 11 March 2008 at local authority, regional and national levels. Data have not been collected at constituency or school levels. Figures for Essex local authority, in which Canvey Island is situated, show that 80.8 per cent. (12,986) of children resident in that authority who are eligible to transfer to secondary school in September 2008 were offered a place at their parents’ first choice of school and a further 10 per cent. (1,601) were offered a place at their parents’ second choice of school.