Most pupils get their first choice

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NEARLY 90 per cent of students have been allocated a place at their first choice secondary school this year.

A total of 2,713 applications were made this year, and 89 per cent were given the good news ahead of the autumn start.

The figures are up on last year, which saw 88 per cent given a place at their first choice.

There was also an increase in the number of people who applied for a school place online from 47.2 per cent last year to 65 per cent in 2010 – a 17 per cent increase.

Anyone who applied online received an email on Tuesday evening confirming the place offered to their child.

All applicants, including those who applied by paper application, received a letter confirming the place offered during the week.

Lead member for Children, Councillor Rosemary Drewett said: “We are extremely pleased with how the admissions process for secondary allocations has gone this year.

“We have worked with schools to provide more school places than ever in Milton Keynes for the coming academic year, with many more getting their first choice.

“Our admissions team is managing more and more applications every year.

“It’s very pleasing to see how MK residents are using online technology.”

Anyone not offered their first preference of school can appeal – the process of which will be heard in March.

For more information, email schooladmissions@milton-keynes.gov.uk