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School Admissions and Parental Preferences for 2008

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

The Information as to Provision of Education (England) Regulations 2008, which were laid before Parliament on 15 January, committed the Government for the first time to publishing local authority by local authority data on how many families received an offer of a place at one of their preferred schools. On Monday 3 March 2008, around 570,000 families were awaiting their offers of secondary school places, and on 11 March I published provisional preference data which included unverified returns from 11 local authorities: Northumberland; Sefton; Wirral; Leicestershire; Suffolk; Oxfordshire; Slough; Surrey; Windsor and Maidenhead; Dorset; and Torbay.

Today I am pleased to announce the publication of final secondary preference data based on returns made and verified by all 149 local authorities. These figures represent no overall change in the national figures from the previously published data, and show that 82 per cent. of families received an offer of a place at their highest preference school; and 94 per cent. of families received an offer of a place at one of their top three preferred schools.

I am placing copies of the secondary applications and offers 2008 data in the Libraries of the House.