Regardless of a slight enhance within the variety of college students getting their first selection main faculty, almost one in 10 college students in Essex will nonetheless not get their most well-liked place.
Out of the 15,779 requests for locations “acquired on time”, 14,161 pupils have been provided a kick off point reception in September 2021 within the main faculty of selection of their dad and mom or guardians.
This equates to 89.75% – barely up from 89.38% final 12 months.
Roughly 6% of candidates will obtain a spot of their second-choice faculty, however 1.7% of scholars will not be provided a spot in any of their most well-liked colleges and shall be provided the closest accessible place as an alternative. .
Mother and father or guardians who’ve utilized on-line will obtain a affirmation by way of e mail or on the Essex County Council web site.
Earlier this 12 months, almost one in 5 highschool college students within the county missed their first choice.
Between January 2019 and Might 2020, the variety of main faculty college students in Essex colleges elevated by 563.
In keeping with the council’s 10-year plan for college locations in Essex, this “important” enhance in demand is predicted to proceed.
Essex County Council estimates that by 2030/31 there shall be 13,555 extra main faculty college students in addition to 10,569 extra secondary and sixth graders within the county.
Nevertheless, the board believes that the precise want for locations is bigger than the numbers it signifies, because the locations accessible will not be within the right group of years or not be a part of the council.
The plan goes on to say: “Primarily based on the variety of initiatives deliberate, Essex County Council might want to present 9,500 extra main faculty locations and 4,100 secondary faculty locations over the ten 12 months plan.”
Essex County Council stated: “The ECC College Admission Group, alongside the varsity group and venue planning colleagues, have labored intently to ship the admissions course of once more, regardless of the challenges posed by the pandemic. “