Most Pupils Got First Choice For School Placements

100% of pupils got their first choice in secondary schools and 94% for primary schools.

Great news for all secondary school places, with 100% getting first choice. This in from the council, in their own words. Ed

Thumbs UpWith the Isle of Wight now fully using the new two-tier education system, over 94% of parents have been allocated their first choice of primary school for the next academic year.

This is a slight increase on the previous year, where 93.5% were offered their first choice of primary school.

100% for secondary schools
In addition, 100% of parents have been given their first choice of secondary school.

Almost 2,500 parents submitted admission forms outlining their first, second and third choice of schools.

Offer letters will now be posted to all parents. Those who applied on-line before the published deadline will be notified by email.

Dawn Cousins, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for children’s services said “It is very encouraging that we have achieved such high figures for the second year running.

“This has been achieved in the same academic year that the Island has moved to a full two tier system, which shows there has been no disruption to the admissions process.”

Any parents who wish to challenge the school place they have been allocated can do so with the local council via an appeals process, which will be explained in their offer letter. Each appeal is then considered by an independent panel, which will make a final decision that is binding.

Image: Paolo Camera under CC BY 2.0

Thursday, 1st March, 2012 6:26pm



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  1. Chris Wilmott

    2.Mar.2012 9:30am

    Of course it’s good if people get their first choice, but Dawn Cousins produces a classic non-sequitur when she says “This has been achieved in the same academic year that the Island has moved to a full two tier system, which shows there has been no disruption to the admissions process.”

    It shows no such thing; as she is probably more aware than most, there has actually been massive disruption during the transfer, with consequences for the standards of teaching, especially where former middle-school teachers had to be found jobs in secondary schools, and where the former middle school simply wasn’t ready for its new intake, e.g. Node Hill, which took weeks to get its act together.

    It is easy to overlook the fact that children only get one opportunity during their school years. I think they are entitled to expect our representatives at the Council to make sure they get the best of everything.

    Not least among the reasons why everything seems to be going swimmingly if you’re not involved in teaching, is the removal from local authority control of all the high schools. Making them no longer accountable to the public means it is more likely, especially in the first year, that they will want to give everyone what they want, regardless of the effect on education.

    Operating policies which are hide-bound by party dogma is not likely to help any child achieve its potential. I hope (but hardly believe) that the narrow-minded, essentially political approach to education taken by the current majority party comes back to bite them where it hurts: in their case, at the ballot-box. Unfortunately, even if it happens, that will be little consolation to a generation of children who have been so badly let down.

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