NEARLY 13,000 children in Kent will get their first choice of secondary school, it has been announced.
Families across the county will be logging on to check their email from 4pm today to find out which secondary school their child has been offered for this September.
Every family will receive a letter from Kent County Council which will arrive on Saturday or over the next few days.
More than 15,100 Kent children applied for a school place and 84.2 per cent received their first preference, compared with 82.8 per cent last year.
Cabinet member for Education, Learning and Skills, councillor Mike Whiting, said: "The 2013 secondary admissions round has been the most successful in recent years. Changes to government policy, which give schools new freedoms to expand and admit above admission numbers, have created the flexibility to provide greater choice for parents.
"In partnership with schools, we have been able to increase school capacity and give more children their preferred schools. This is not just about meeting parental demand today, but is also about laying the foundations for where we want to be in future years – as the number of children seeking places in Kent schools rises.
"While the vast majority of parents will be celebrating today, we must not lose sight of the fact that a small proportion of pupils were not offered a place at one of their preferred schools. This group of children and families will be disappointed, and I would like to reassure them that National Offer Day is the first stage of the school allocation process. "There will be movement through waiting lists, reallocation on 17 April and appeals that will enable more children to secure one of their preferred schools before the start of the school year."
This is the first stage of the school offer process and there will be considerable movement through waiting lists between now and September.
Parents were invited to pick four schools, in order of preference, last November and 97.7 per cent of families have been offered one of the four. Those children unable to secure one of their preferred schools on offer day are allocated a school place by Kent County Council.
A specialist KCC team is on hand to help parents with any queries they may have. The telephone number is 0300 333 6472.
For more information on how to join a waiting list and/or appeal go to: www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
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