Record number of secondary school places allocated

Somerset County Council is proud to have another record-breaking year with over 98 per cent of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) with an offer at one of their top three secondary school choices.

Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4,866 compared to 4,654 in 2021), figures released today show 98.35 per cent were offered one of their top three choices – with 94.8 per cent receiving their first preference (a 3 per cent increase on last year).

Parents who applied for places online will receive their outcome by email today, whilst those who applied via paper forms will receive their offer by post in the coming days.

Councillor Clare Paul, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education at Somerset County Council said: “We’re committed to ensuring the best education for our school-aged children and always aim to offer a place at one of their top three chosen schools.

“We’re delighted that after processing a record number of 4,866 applications, there is a 3 per cent increase in the number of young people receiving their first school choice. From this September, these young people will start their new adventure as a year 7 in one our many fantastic secondary schools. I wish them all the very best on the next chapter of their school life.”

From the applications received this year, figures show:

  • 1st preference met – 4,612 (94.8%)
  • 2nd preference met – 156 (3.2%)
  • 3rd preference met – 17 (0.35%)

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

Parents who have applied for places for children starting school in September 2022 or moving from Infant to Junior or First to Middle school, will receive their outcomes in April. 


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