Hundreds of Oldham kids miss out on first choice schools

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 01 March 2019

Figures released by Oldham Council have confirmed that for hundreds of children there will be disappointment as they haven’t got into their first-choice school.

It’s a scene repeated across England with official figures showing around 115,000 kids have missed out on their perfect school and had to settle for either their second or third choice.

In Oldham more than 500 children missed out on their preferred choice.

According to the local authority a total of 3,339 kids applied for the place at Secondary School in September with 2,806 managing to secure a place at the education establishment at the top of their list.

That still left 533 being offered a place at either their second or third choices.

Parents who didn’t get into their first choice do have the right to appeal the decision.

Included in those kids looking forward to a place at their top pick are more than 300 from outside the borough.

Of those who missed out on their top choice school, 533 in total, 393 have been offered a place at their second choice while 140 have been offered a place at their third choice.


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