Secondary places announced

School pupils and their parents are finding out today whether they have their first, second or third place choices of secondary school - or none of the above.

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South East school places - full report

Thousands of children in the south east have received the news they've been anxiously waiting for today - which secondary school they'll be going to in September.

But while many are celebrating winning places at the schools of their choice, for hundreds there has been bitter disappointment.

In Kent, 357 children missed out on a place at any of the three schools they had picked.

In East Sussex, a much smaller authority it was just 50. But are people making their decisions based purely on good exam results? Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

She speaks to Tina Bora, a mother who's daughter Daniella is going to secondary school in September, John Toland, Principal Mayfield Academy, Stuart Gardner, Principal, the Rochester Grammar School, and David Brown, Principal, the Oxford Academy.

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Wiltshire - 96% of pupils get first choice secondary school

Wiltshire Council has posted offers of secondary school places today to all applicants whose forms were submitted by the deadline of 31 October 2012.

The authority said 4,400 children have applied to start secondary school in the county in September 2013.

Officials say a record 96% of children have been offered their first choice school, up from 93.5% last year.

Offers must be accepted or rejected by 18 March, after that deadline the 200 submissions made after the closing date will be considered.

“This is an important time for children and their parents and to be able to provide so many with their first choice of secondary school is particularly good news.”

– Lionel Grundy, Cabinet member for children services

“I am pleased we have handled so many applications on time and such a high proportion of children are being offered their first choice school. My team has worked extremely hard to ensure we have effectively handled all applications.”

– Debbie Clare, Admissions co-ordinator

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