Secondary school place allocations announced

The number of young people being accepted into their first choice of secondary school has increased this year, as thousands of primary pupils in Plymouth will today find out which school they will be going to this September.

Plymouth City Council confirmed that 94.86 per cent of young people received their first choice of school, 3.78 per cent their second and 1.09 per cent their third. Less than one per cent did not receive any of the schools they listed as a preference.

Letters confirming school places for September 2015 were posted today, 2 March 2015. Emails have been sent to parents who filled out an on-line preference application form saying which school their child will be attending.

Schools have been given the admissions information relating to their children so parents are also able to ask teachers directly for confirmation of their child’s secondary school place.

Over 2,437 young people submitted applications for a secondary school this year. That compares with 2,357 last year, when the Council was able to match 94.58 per cent with their first choice of secondary school.

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “We’re extremely pleased that yet again we have been able to match the overwhelming majority of young people with their first choice of secondary school this year.

“We understand how emotive the decision of secondary schooling is for parents and our school admissions team aims to match as many parents requests as they possibly can.

“If you are unhappy about the school place your child has been allocated please call the council’s school admissions team on 01752 307469.”

Any parent who wishes their child to be considered for a grammar school place in September 2016 will need to register for the 11+ examination between 21 April 2015 and 4 September 2015.

Full details are available on the Council’s website at or by calling the council’s school admissions team on 01752 307469.