Secondary school place decisions sent to parents

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Secondary school place decisions being sent to parents today Secondary school place decisions being sent to parents today

Thousands of pupils have found out whether they will start at their chosen secondary school in September.

Essex County Council sent out more than 14,000 letters and emails to parents informing them which school they would be attending.

Just over 85 per cent were offered their first choice, with 7.78 per cent getting their second preference.

This is a slight drop from last year where 94.02 per cent were offered their first or second choice.

Almost 2.5 per cent of parents this year were not given any of their top six choices and were instead offered a place at the nearest school with space.

Cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, councillor Ray Gooding, said: “It is promising to see that 93.05 per cent of parents have been offered their first or second preference.

“We have some fantastic secondary schools in Essex and we will continue to work closely with them to strive to provide young people with a world class education system.

“I would like to wish all pupils and parents every success in their new chapter of learning.”

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10:52am Mon 3 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

I do wish parents knew that the strongest predictor of how well a child does at school is home background. Yes, if parents read books, take children to Museums and art galleries, discuss issues intelligently , watch intelligent tv and so on then there children will do well at school, any school. All the academic studies show this. Working class males do least well at school, worldwide being but one example. Schools are about getting kids to jump through qualification hoops - and school can do that. Education - which is needed to jump well through the hoop - is made at home.

Why does the government not like this academically verified line? Parents vote. Parents like their children to succeed. When children don't succeed parents don't like to know it's their fault so will vote against politicians who say the truth.
I do wish parents knew that the strongest predictor of how well a child does at school is home background. Yes, if parents read books, take children to Museums and art galleries, discuss issues intelligently , watch intelligent tv and so on then there children will do well at school, any school. All the academic studies show this. Working class males do least well at school, worldwide being but one example. Schools are about getting kids to jump through qualification hoops - and school can do that. Education - which is needed to jump well through the hoop - is made at home. Why does the government not like this academically verified line? Parents vote. Parents like their children to succeed. When children don't succeed parents don't like to know it's their fault so will vote against politicians who say the truth. Jack222
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1:28pm Mon 3 Mar 14

SAndrewss says...

It is odd how it works. A friend of mine has a little boy who lives just around the corner from Stanway School with Philip Morant being the next closest.
So where does he get to go to school? St Helena of course.

Forgetting about peoples chosen schools due to 'ofsted ratings', how about allowing them to go to a school based on where they live?

I have another friend who lives in the St Mary's development, their little girl is going to Stanway School!!!

It's hardly surprising that some parents will be upset.
It is odd how it works. A friend of mine has a little boy who lives just around the corner from Stanway School with Philip Morant being the next closest. So where does he get to go to school? St Helena of course. Forgetting about peoples chosen schools due to 'ofsted ratings', how about allowing them to go to a school based on where they live? I have another friend who lives in the St Mary's development, their little girl is going to Stanway School!!! It's hardly surprising that some parents will be upset. SAndrewss
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7:47pm Mon 3 Mar 14

mumbo46 says...

We have spent the last 2 years gearing up for our daughter to go to Stanway school. she has attended 3 taster days and we all went to an open evening.We did not automatically assume we would get a place at the school but at the same time we did not really think we would have any problem as historically everyone from our village seems to have been offered a place .we live in the priority admissions area and attend a feeder school so we were very disappointed not to be offered a place, especially when others have. I think there are a lot of disappointed children and parents in our area tonight and i empathise with them all.
We have spent the last 2 years gearing up for our daughter to go to Stanway school. she has attended 3 taster days and we all went to an open evening.We did not automatically assume we would get a place at the school but at the same time we did not really think we would have any problem as historically everyone from our village seems to have been offered a place .we live in the priority admissions area and attend a feeder school so we were very disappointed not to be offered a place, especially when others have. I think there are a lot of disappointed children and parents in our area tonight and i empathise with them all. mumbo46
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