More than nine out of ten applicants get first choice for secondary schools on national offer day

March 1, 2018 by

More than nine out of ten Southend-on-Sea children will start secondary school in September 2018 at their first choice school.  

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has released the data on secondary school allocations following ‘national offer day’ on 1st March 2018.  

Out of 2044 applications made, 94% received one of their top three preferences, 1% higher than in 2017.  

Cllr Courtenay, Executive Councillor Children and Learning, says: “I am very pleased that 76% of applicants received offers for their first preference and 91% have one of their top three.  We make every effort to ensure that children of secondary school age who have applied are offered a place.  

“Secondary applications are increasing all the time (up 123 applications), but despite this the number of children gaining one of their preferences has increased by 146 which emphasises the hard work that our school admissions team and school development teams do. This is an increase of 137 pupils gaining one of the top three preference compared to last year.  

“As ever, and whilst the majority of people have got what they wanted, we of course recognise that there will be disappointed families who did not receive either their first choice or who did not receive any of their top three.  That is why we continue to work hard on plans to increase the number of pupil places available locally and recently committed to ensuring that there are sufficient places offering good quality and choice to our young people and their parents and carers.”  

Parents that applied online can view offers from midnight on 1st March 2018 and will receive an email anytime between 6am and 8am on 1st March 2018. Visit for further information.


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