Thousands of children to attend their first preference secondary school

Families applying for their child’s secondary school place have received good news this week after thousands of the city’s children have been told they will start their first preference school in September 2013.

A total of 84 per cent of children will attend their first preference secondary school – which is the same as in 2012, and for Leeds residents this increases to 87%. Overall 95 per cent will attend one of their top three preferences, and a further 45 children out of 7707 were offered their fourth of fifth preference school.

The number of children not getting any of their five preferences at secondary school was less than five per cent. Leeds City Council admissions team is now working hard with families to agree alternative places for all children who did not get any of their preferences. Families are recommended to always include their nearest school as one of their preferences and to make sure they use all five preferences to get the best chance of being offered a preferred school.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“For parents and carers, choosing which secondary school for their children is one of the most important decisions they will make and I am pleased that so many children and young people will be attending their first preference school.

“In a very difficult environment this is encouraging progress and we will do everything we can to ensure parents have a full understanding of how the process works to ensure as many as possible receive one of their preferences.”

This is the first year that families have been able to preference five schools to give more flexibility and choice.

The complete secondary admissions figures for September 2013/14:

6500 (84%) were given their first preference

659 (9%) were given their second preference

155 (2%) were given their third preference

33 (0.5%) were given their fourth preference

10 (0.1%) were given their fifth preference


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk