The pressure on secondary places in Stoke-on-Trent began to ease after more than 180 more students entered their first-choice schools.
The proportion of families who are given their first preference rose from 85.5% to 91.2% in just one year.
It comes at the expense of several schools agreeing to expand to help meet demand.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council worked with them to avoid a repeat of the situation two years ago when all 14 high schools were oversubscribed or full.
Year 7 numbers place this next September show. The Excel Academy in Sneyd Green remains the most popular school in the city.
In total, 325 families chose it as their first choice. Today, 93 students have had to be refused, although this figure is down from 107 rejections last year.
|STOKE-ON-TRENT||1st choice applications||Total requests||Admission limit||Places offered||Refuse|
|Birches Head Academy||165||343||210||211||0|
|Stoke-on-Trent Cooperative Academy, Tunstall||227||409||210||211||25|
|Haywood Academy, Burslem||176||four hundred ninety seven||210||210||0|
|Ormiston Horizon Academy, Chell||224||433||210||210||25|
|Ormiston Meridian Academy, Meir||188||332||180||193||0|
|Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Blurton||246||538||240||240||20|
|St Joseph’s College, Trent Vale||231||411||150||150||91|
|St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, Tunstall||196||425||210||210||8|
|CE Saint-Pierre Academy, Fenton||161||412||210||202||0|
|St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Longton||182||476||200||199||0|
|The Discovery Academy, Bentilee||292||479||300||302||11|
|Excel Academy, Sneyd Green||325||635||240||240||93|
|Thistley Hough Academy, Penkhull||199||322||210||211||11|
|STAFFORDSHIRE||1st choice applications||Total requests||Admission limit||Places offered||Refuse|
|Alleyne Academy, Stone *||263||288||255||276||0|
|Biddulph High School *||174||177||211||201||0|
|Blessed William Howard Catholic High School, Stafford||154||351||186||174||0|
|Blythe Bridge High School and Sixth Form||165||259||180||183||0|
|Chesterton Community Sports College||170||271||170||180||0|
|Clayton Hall Academy||125||294||200||143||0|
|Endon High School||134||277||140||140||6|
|Kidsgrove High School||40||83||150||52||0|
|King Edward VI High School, Stafford||99||202||185||133||0|
|Leek High School *||90||157||175||96||0|
|Moorside High School, Werrington||207||356||145||165||49|
|Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle||258||405||210||228||39|
|Sir Graham Balfour School, Stafford||164||268||170||173||0|
|Sir Thomas Boughey Academy, Halmerend||96||160||162||99||0|
|St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle||202||491||200||200||28|
|Stafford Manor High School||89||152||90||91||1|
|The Cheadle Academy||74||162||160||93||0|
|King’s CE School, Kidsgrove||127||184||150||139||0|
|The Orme Academy, Wolstanton||117||236||150||136||0|
|Weston Road Academy, Stafford||187||390||182||200||1|
|Thomas Alleyne High School, Uttoxeter *||239||260||320||250||0|
|Walton High School, Stafford||221||393||210||210||20|
|Westwood College, Leek *||184||228||200||193||0|
|* Entry into grade 9 rather than grade 7|
Principal Darren Bishop said he was ‘delighted’ that they can now accommodate more schoolchildren after their admission limit increased by 30 places.
He added: “The Excel Academy continues to be extremely popular and we are obviously disappointed for those who were not able to come to us for their studies.”
Other oversubscribed schools in the city include St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent Co-op Academy in Tunstall, and Ormiston Horizon Academy in Chell.
StokeonTrentLive recently revealed that City Council is hoping to secure Â£ 11.5million from the government for further extensions.
Educo Academies Trust also got âapproval in principleâ to open a brand new free school with up to 900 places for 11-16 year olds. He’s eyeing the old Longton High site in Meir.
Councilor Janine Bridges, a cabinet member for education in the city, said local authorities were “doing everything possible” to provide more places.
âIt is particularly encouraging to see that the number of prime spots has increased this year and that local spots have been found for all families who want them,â she said.
Figures show that 70 students in Stoke-on-Trent were unable to be offered any of their five choices – half the level reached last year. It is out of 3264 young people in the city who must pass in 7th year this fall.
In Staffordshire County Council, 94.6% of families have bagged their school of choice. With 8,020 offers made in total, the number to which their first preference was awarded is up 1.6%.
The most oversubscribed school is Erasmus Darwin Academy in Burntwood, near Cannock, which had to reject 111 children. Although 287 candidates nominated him as their top pick, they were only chasing 185 places.
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In the north of the county, particularly popular schools include Moorside High in Werrington, which was forced to turn down 49 students.
Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle and St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle, also continue to be significantly oversubscribed.
Councilor Jonathan Price, a member of the county council’s education cabinet, said families have still entered their favorite schools in the âvast majority of casesâ.
The Cheshire East Council said 92% of applicants were offered their first preference – up from 91.6% last year.
Kathryn Flavell, Cabinet Member, said: âThe past 12 months have been tough for the children and their families, and I wish all Grade 7 students the best start in their chosen high school in September. . ”
In a number of cases, schools have been allowed to exceed their published admissions count (PAN). This may be because there is intense pressure to secure places in an area or because a child has an education, health and care plan that names that particular school.
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