Joy for youngsters as secondary school allocations are announced

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Eighty-three per cent of kids in Leeds will attend their first-choice secondary school in September, it has been revealed.

Leeds City Council announced that, of the 7,962 Year Seven places they have alloacted this year, more than 6,600 children will be heading to their most desired place.

Overall, 96 per cent will attend one of their top five preferred schools.

But unfortunately four-and-a-half per cent of youngsters missed out on any of their five preferences.

Deputy director of children’s services Paul Brennan said: “For parents and carers, choosing which secondary school for their children is one of the most important decisions they will make and I am pleased that so many young people will be attending their first preference school.

“Our admissions team will now work closely with schools and families to find alternative places for those children who did not get any of their preferences or who refuse their allocated place.”

Parents now have until March13 to accept or refuse the offers and request a waiting list place.