Most parents secure preferred school places

Coun Andy Bowden
Coun Andy Bowden

The majority of parents in St Helens secured their children a place in their first choice schools.

The borough was among the front runners when it came to first preference admissions to primary and secondary schools.

New data from the Department for Education shows parents and guardians successfully enrolled their children in first preference secondary schools in 94 per cent of cases.

The figure places St Helens third highest in the North West regional league table – and far exceeds the 84.1 per cent national average.

It is a similar picture in the borough’s primary schools, with 89.6 per cent of first preference offers granted, putting St Helens seventh in the North West and clearing the 88.4 per cent English average.

St Helens Council’s cabinet member for education, Coun Andy Bowden, said: “Every year our admissions team works hard to get the right results for parents and guardians.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to accommodate so many first preference requests.”