Nearly 97 per cent of Medway’s primary aged children have been offered one of their preference places at secondary school, new figures show.

Families across Medway will shortly start receiving news of the school their child has been offered for September 2013 with letters being posted by first class on National Offer Day, Friday, 1 March.

Parents who applied online and provided an e-mail address will also receive an e-mail of their offer after 4pm on that day.

Of the 2,820 Medway children offered places, nearly 86 per cent have been offered their first preference place, more than 7 per cent have been awarded their second place preference and over 2 per cent their third preference.
The school admissions process for Medway is a huge task and involved the council’s Student Services (Admissions) Team processing secondary school applications for 3,163 children in total including 363 out of area children this year.

More than 87 per cent of families submitted their preferences online, using the council’s online application form.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “Finding out which school your child has been allocated is always a major event for families.
“I am pleased that the vast majority have been offered one of their preference places and that such a high number have been allocated a place at their first choice secondary school.

“I’d like to wish all the children the very best for their future studies and during their time at secondary school.”

Barbara Peacock, the Director of Children and Adult Services, added: “It’s good to see so many children gaining places at one of their chosen schools.

“We have a fantastic selection of secondary schools here across all of Medway and I wish all children and their families the very best for their years of education ahead.
In allocating places, the council needs to follow its admission process fairly, balancing the aspirations of parents who want a popular school against the need to avoid schools being overcrowded, as this would reduce standards.

Parents can select up to six schools and every child will receive the offer of a place at a school.

Parents who are unhappy with the school offered can go on waiting lists and/or appeal their offer. Further information on how to go about this in included with the offer letter.

Appeal decisions are made by a panel that is independent of the school or the council.