MOST pupils received a place at one of their chosen high schools – but some who missed out now face an anxious wait to see if they will get in on appeal.
And it can now be revealed that one school was massively oversubscribed.
This was Mirfield Free Grammar with a waiting list of 179 children and King James’ School, Almondbury, has the second biggest waiting list with 23.
Some 96.6% of children in Kirklees were allocated a place at one of their three chosen schools, the council said this week.
And 84% of pupils gained a place at their first choice school.
Families had to pick their first, second and third choice schools by the end of October, 2010.
It had been feared that hundreds of children would not be given a place at any of their three chosen schools.
And while most children received places at one of their three choices, 136 (about 3%) did not.
Parents, who are dissatisfied with the allocation for their child, can appeal to the council.
If an appeal is turned down by the council parents may appeal to the Local Government Ombudsman.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “For admission to high school in September 2011, 96.6% of Kirklees children have been allocated one of their preferred schools.
“This is an increase over the figure of 96.2% for September, 2010, and 84% of these Kirklees children have been allocated their first preference school which is an increase of 1.3% over the figure of 82.7% for September, 2010.
“The council is pleased to see this increase in first preference allocations.
“Kirklees children who have not been allocated any of their preferred schools have been allocated an alternative unless they are currently attending a school which they may continue to attend in September, 2011. This applies to children who are currently attending year six in a middle school, for example.
“All families may appeal for a school at which their children have been refused a place.
“Appeals are heard by an independent panel and will be heard during the summer term.”
For information on schools appeals visit: www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/education-learning/admissions/Secondary/appeals.shtml