Which North Somerset schools were oversubscribed?

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 March 2018

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More than 90 per cent of pupils will attend their first-choice secondary school next year.

North Somerset Council has this week revealed 92.7 per cent of pupils will attend their preferred school, increasing by 0.4 per cent on last year, after allocating school places to students.

A council spokesman said: “Thirty six students out of 2,316 have not been offered any of their three preferences. Of these 36, none expressed their local area school as a preference and 23 only expressed one preference on their application.

“Applicants who did not list their area school as one of their preferences were unable to be considered for their local school where it was oversubscribed with people, including those from outside North Somerset who had listed it as one of their preferences.”

Backwell School, Portishead’s Gordano School, Pill’s St Katherine’s School and Churchill Academy and Sixth Form were all oversubscribed.

The authority says it was able to maintain its high performance thanks to the work between the council, The Priory Learning Trust and Gordano School, which is part of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership.

The collaboration allowed the schools to increase their year seven intake numbers from September 2018, creating an additional 28 spaces at Gordano School and 44 at Priory Community School, in Worle.

Gordano headteacher Tom Inman said: “The partnership has worked in unison with the local community to ensure we are able to provide spaces for year six students in Portishead and Portbury and we fully support the council’s ambition to provide local places for local students.

“With the knowledge of an increased number of students going through the current year six, we have been planning carefully to accommodate those students and to continue to provide the same high quality of education which we currently offer.”

The council said some 2,316 children across the district submitted applications for a school place and all families who applied to their closest schools have been awarded a place there.

The authority was able to offer 98.4 per cent of its applicants one of their three preferences, a 0.2 per cent decrease on last year.

It saw a seven per cent increase in the number of applications this year but was still able to surpass the 2017 national average of 94.6 per cent for giving students one of their three choices.

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