Over 98% of pupils receive a place at one of their preferred Secondary Schools on National Offer Day


98.16% of pupils have received a place at one of their Preferred Secondary Schools in Suffolk on National Offer Day.

This year, Suffolk County Council (SCC) received 7,652 applications from parents indicating at which secondary school they would prefer their child to be educated from September 2021.

7,114 pupils received offers for their first preference school and 7,511 pupils received an offer for one of their three preferred schools.

Families who applied online are able to log on to the Admissions Portal from today to see their child’s offer. They will also receive an email to confirm this offer. Letters will be sent to parents who made a paper application by second class post today (1 March).

Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said:

“I am pleased that this year more families have once again received their first choice of school and that the vast majority of families have been offered a preferred school place.

“We use published criteria to decide who has priority for places so that the process is fair and clear. I appreciate that not all families will have received a place at their preferred school and where a parents’ preference for a Suffolk school is refused, we will automatically add their child’s name to the waiting list for that school. We will also advise them how to lodge an appeal should they wish to do so.

“Starting secondary school is an important moment for any child, and the more we can do to make the transition to a new school smoother for them, the better.”

Once school places have been confirmed, parents need to consider how their child will get to and from school. If their child is eligible for SCC funded school travel they will receive an email by the end of March 2021 with details of how to opt-in. Find further information on secondary school admissions here.