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Majority of St Helens pupils allocated one of their parents' preferred secondary schools for September 2024

There has been a significant increase in the number of children in St Helens borough securing a place at their first-choice secondary school for September.

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Article date: 1 March 2024

Figures released by St Helens Borough Council's school admissions team today (Friday 1 March) show that a total of 95.75 per cent of applicants were successful in being awarded their first-choice preference - up almost five per cent from previous year - with 99.42 percent in total offered one of their top three preferred schools which is also up more than two percent from 2023.

Welcoming the data, which is forecast to be above the national average for England, St Helens Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Nova Charlton said:  

"Our schools' admissions team has an exceptional track record of ensuring parents and carers are allocated one of their preferred school preferences, and I'm delighted that this is the case once again for the upcoming academic year.

"I would like to say a big thank you to the team for their extremely hard work over the past few weeks to get the allocation done by the deadline, ensuring we as an education authority meet our statutory duty of providing children and young people with a school place."

If any parent or guardian has questions about their application, I would ask them to contact the School Admissions Team by emailing"   




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Last modified on 01 March 2024