Secondary school choices announced in Central Bedfordshire

Two percent increase on last year

National Secondary Offer Day (1 March) is when parents and pupils across the country find out what the future holds for them. Central Bedfordshire Council said that 99 per cent of its applicants were offered one of their top three preferred choices.

For pupils that have applied to transfer to upper schools from September, 97 per cent have been granted their first preference, 2% up on last year.

While in secondary schools, the figure is up 4 per cent from last year, to 96 per cent.

Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said:

“We work very hard to ensure that children can attend a good local school, and we are delighted that today’s figures show that we are not only maintaining our consistent high standards, but improving on them.”

There were just under 3,000 applications, most of which came via the council’s online system. For upper schools 96 per cent of applications were online. For secondary schools this dropped to 90 per cent.

Anyone wishing to decline or change their offered place can do so by submitting a change of preference form. The deadline for this is Friday, 15 March with new offers going out on Tuesday, 23 April.

Meanwhile, children starting school and transferring to middle school will find out whether they have received their first preference on 16 April, National Primary Offer Day.

For more information about school admissions and transfers:



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