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Top marks: Thousands of Rochdale pupils get first choice secondary school

07 March 2017

Councillor Donna Martin Cabinet Member for Childrens Services.  

Rochdale Borough Council is top of the class for ensuring pupils are allocated their first choice secondary school.

More than 95% of local 11-year-olds will go to their Rochdale high school of preference when they transfer in September 2017.

The fantastic figures make Rochdale one of the best performing councils in the country for allocating children their first preference.

Last year over half of councils saw a drop in the number of children given their first preference secondary school.

'This contrasts with Rochdale’s slight increase this year, meaning nearly 3000 pupils across the borough were allocated their preferred school.'

In some parts of the country less than 7 out of 10 pupils were allocated their first preference, leaving thousands disappointed.

Councillor Donna Martin, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “This Rochdale success story is a huge credit to our schools admission team who ensured nearly every pupil was offered their first choice. It underlines the council’s proven track of record of investing in the borough’s young people ensuring they have the best possible start in life.

“I am delighted the council has delivered such brilliant results and I would like to wish every pupil starting secondary school in September all the best for the years ahead.”

95.96% of all children applying for a Rochdale school were allocated their first preference school. Every child who applied for a school place in Rochdale has been offered one.

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