• Most families secure first choice schools for children in Swansea

    Swansea West AM, Julie James has welcomed Swansea Council’s announcement that thousands of parents are celebrating their child getting into their first-choice secondary school this September.

    The Local Authority announced that 99 percent of applications made online, within the deadline, secured a place at their first choice school.

    Ms James AM was delighted that so many families are receiving their first choice placement.

    “I am glad that many parents will see their child go to their first choice school, it can make such a difference to a young person’s transition to secondary education.”

    Local Authorities in Wales compared to England still have the power to plan for school places, as the Welsh Labour Government have a policy against free schools or academies.

    Ms James said: “I am proud that the Welsh Labour Government have made sure that Local Authorities still hold the power to determine school places. If we look over the border with what is happening in England with the rise of free schools and academies, the figures for children getting into their first choice school are abysmal.”

    Ms James also congratulated the Council for their innovative approach to getting parents to apply and secure places at secondary school, with more than 2,500 applications made for transition to Year 7.

    “The online system has clearly worked with such a high percentage gaining admittance to their first choice school. It made what can be a stressful process simpler and the results speak for themselves.”

    “I wish those young people all the best in their new schools and I hope education in the Local Authority can have another record breaking year.”

    Any family not offered their first choice school has been offered an alternative and the chance to appeal against the decision.

    Details on that process are available on the Council’s website at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/2581/Admission-arrangements-to-secondary-schools and on the Information for Parents booklet at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/informationforparents

    Any parent who has still not applied for a reception or Year 7 place for their child in September 2016 should contact the Council’s School and Governor Team on 01792 636550 as soon as possible.