Secondary school admissions rise

Over 97 per cent of Somerset’s children were offered a Secondary School place at one of their top three school choices, figures released by Somerset County Council show today.

This is a slight increase on last year’s figure of 96.9 per cent – despite an increase in applications.

This year Somerset County Council received 4,517 applications compared to last year’s 4,363 – a 3.5 per cent increase.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children and Families, said: “Somerset children deserve the very best secondary education to give them the very best start on their chosen career path. Despite an increase in the number of applications Somerset County Council received, our teams worked hard to offer over 92 per cent of children their first school preference and 97 per cent one of their top three.

“We continue to plan ahead to make sure we have the right number of school places for our growing school population.”

From 4,517 applications received this year, figures show:

  • First preference met – 92.32 per cent (4170 applications)
  • Second preference – 4.29 per cent (194 applications)
  • Third preference – 0.55 per cent (25 applications)

Parents/carers of children not offered one of their top three secondary school preferences can appeal Somerset County Council’s decision. More information about the appeal process can be found at