Nearly 400 children in Bolton fail to get into first choice school

Nearly 400 children in Bolton fail to get into first choice school

Nearly 400 children in Bolton fail to get into first choice school

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

NEARLY 400 children failed to get in to their first choice school — but the number of young people being offered their top choice has gone up.

Parents started finding out on Saturday which secondary school their child had been allocated.

There was a rise in the number of children applying for places at schools in Bolton, by 83 to 3,486.

Town Hall chiefs said they were pleased the majority of children had got a place at their chosen school and added that they expected the figures to increase further as the appeals process gets under way.

Figures released by Bolton Council show that 97.8 per cent of children were allocated one of their three choices, with 88.6 per cent (3,089) given a place at their first choice; seven per cent (244) at their second choice and 2.2 per cent (76) at their third.

There were 2.2 per cent (77) who did not get a place at any of the three schools listed on the application form.

Last year, 87 per cent of children were given a place at their first choice, with 97 per cent receiving one of their shortlisted schools.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “There were 3,486 applications for places at Bolton schools in September, 2013, and we are pleased that more than 88 per cent of children have been offered a place at their first choice of school, with 98 per cent being offered one of their top three choices.

“The percentage of Bolton parents securing a place for their children in their first preference school is very similar to last year, but we do expect that this will increase between now and the start of term due to the appeals process.

“There is a wide choice of schools in the borough offering high standards of teaching and education.

“Bolton’s schools achieve GCSE results above the national average and an increasing number are being judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted.”

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1:56pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

theres been a massive increase in immigrant children over the last ten years due to this silly open door policy and the fact that Bolton has become a dumping ground. Its going to get a lot worse.
theres been a massive increase in immigrant children over the last ten years due to this silly open door policy and the fact that Bolton has become a dumping ground. Its going to get a lot worse. Jim271
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7:22pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Blackrod says...

Half a story really, why aren't the areas and schools this mainly applied to shown??
Half a story really, why aren't the areas and schools this mainly applied to shown?? Blackrod
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12:46pm Wed 5 Mar 14

The Righteous One says...

Jim271 wrote:
theres been a massive increase in immigrant children over the last ten years due to this silly open door policy and the fact that Bolton has become a dumping ground. Its going to get a lot worse.
So it has nothing to do withthe closure of at least 4 secondary schools, in the borough, over the last 10 years nor the closure of at least 5 primary schools.

We would be in teh same situation whether there was an influx or not - as it is, I have yet to see whereh this massive influx is as I only see a few hundred and considering there are only 1.5 million immigrants, from the EU and less than a million from non-EU - making it less than 2% of the total population.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: theres been a massive increase in immigrant children over the last ten years due to this silly open door policy and the fact that Bolton has become a dumping ground. Its going to get a lot worse.[/p][/quote]So it has nothing to do withthe closure of at least 4 secondary schools, in the borough, over the last 10 years nor the closure of at least 5 primary schools. We would be in teh same situation whether there was an influx or not - as it is, I have yet to see whereh this massive influx is as I only see a few hundred and considering there are only 1.5 million immigrants, from the EU and less than a million from non-EU - making it less than 2% of the total population. The Righteous One
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