PARENTS across Solihull will have anxiously awaited the arrival of the post on Tuesday - the day when 10 and 11- year-olds found out if they had been accepted at the secondary school of their choice for the coming September.
For some parents and children there will be few surprises. They will get a place at one of the borough schools they like after a simple application process. But for others, the past few nail-biting months will have resulted in disappointment as they lose out on a place at their preferred school.
Last year across the country one in five children was not given a place at the school which was their preferred choice but in Solihull, secondary school admissions figures are reassuring with 81 per cent of children receiving their first choice - a jump from 79 per cent in 2008. A huge 92 per cent received either their first or second choice meaning overall 99.5 per cent of Solihull pupils received one of their preferences.
Councillor Ken Meeson, cabinet member for education, children and young people said: “In Solihull the council has agreed a fair system of allocation across all schools and this continues to work well. I am pleased that the number getting into their first choice has increased again and that almost 100 per cent will be able to attend a school on their list of preferences.”