Schools in St Helens top admissions league table

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Schools in St Helens are the best in the region at providing pupils with their first choice of secondaries, according to a newly released performance table.

Statistics from the Department of Education shows 95.6 per cent of the borough’s children were awarded their top preference.

This high level of performance has been achieved by a combination of maintaining sufficient diversity of places in our primary and secondary schools, and providing parents with clear guidance and easily accessible advice on the admission process

Andy Dempsey, St Helens Council’s director of children and young people’s services

That far outstrips the national average of 84.2 and puts St Helens as the 12th best performing local authority in England.

“It’s a performance we can all take pride in,” said St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Jeanette

Banks, “particularly parents and guardians, who can be reassured that in the overwhelming majority of cases they will get a place at their first choice school.”

It’s the same positive picture in the borough’s primary schools too - with 90.5 per cent of first preference offers granted, placing St Helens 4th in the North West Region and clearing the 87.8 per cent English average.

Andy Dempsey, St Helens Council’s director of children and young people’s services, added: “This high level of performance has been achieved by a combination of maintaining sufficient diversity of places in our primary and secondary schools, and providing parents with clear guidance and easily accessible advice on the admission process – helping them to make more informed choices when selecting their preferred schools.”