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Secondary places offer day for parents & pupils in the Thames Valley

Thousands of parents have been finding out whether their children have been accepted into the secondary schools of their choice.

Nationally - around eighty percent of youngsters will go to the school they chose as their first choice in September 2014. In the Thames Valley area, the figures appear higher.

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Advice for parents on school applications

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council member for education, has some words of re-assurance for families whose children aren't successful in getting a place at their first choice of school.

Of 12,700 applications in Hampshire, 12,100 got their first choice. Only 100 families didn't get any of their first three choices.

96% get offered first choice school places in Medway

Nearly 96% of primary school children in Medway have been offered their first choice places at secondary school, new figures show.

Families across Medway will receive the news today.

Nearly 3,000 children were offered places, with 82% offered their first choice in secondary school, more than 10% offered their second choice and nearly 3% offered their third choice.

More than 86% of families used the councils online application process to submit their choices.

£64m plan for 2,520 extra school places in Reading

Reading Borough Council has announced a £64 million project to increase the number of school places in Reading. The council wants to create an extra two and a half thousand places. The plan would mean the expansion of thirteen primary schools.

The schools included in the proposal are:

• Alfred Sutton Primary School

• The Ridgeway Primary

• Geoffrey Field Infants

• Geoffrey Field Juniors

• Southcote Primary

• Churchend Primary

• St Michael’s Primary

• New Oxford Road Academy

• EP Collier Primary

• Thameside Primary

• Dee Park & Ranikhet Primary Redevelopment

• Newtown Primary

• St Michael’s Primary

The plan will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday 7th November,

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Parents urged not to forget to apply for school places

The deadline for applying for secondary school places for September 2014 is fast approaching. Southampton City Council is urging parents of children currently in Year 6 to get their applications in on time give them a chance to secure a place at a school of their choice.

Applications must be in my midnight on Thursday 31st October. The council has written to every family with guidance on applying for a school place, the most important criteria is that the application is received on time. Late applications go to the bottom of the pile.

Nick Clegg pledges to ease pressure on school places

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledge continued funding to help ease the pressure on school places as demand increases across the South. He was at a nursery in the region encouraging parents to take advantage of a new allowance.

Kate Bunkall reports. She spoke to Nick Clegg and Councillor John Ennis from Reading Borough Council.

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