MORE Hampshire pupils have been offered their first choice secondary school compared to last year, figures show. 

On Friday, March 1, parents across Hampshire were told which school their child would be attending in September. 

In the figures for 2024, 90.71 per cent of those who applied for a Year 7 place for September have been offered their first choice secondary school, in comparison to 90 per cent in 2023, according to Hampshire County Council.

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The County Council received 14,587 applications before the deadline this year, compared to 14,893 in 2023.

Councillor Steve Forster, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education, said: “My thanks go out to our hardworking School Admissions Team for another successful outcome, as they continue to deliver well above the national average for finding places at parents’ preferred schools.

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"Today’s figures show that despite rising pressure in many areas with new housing developments, we are successfully managing demand."

Pupils who did not secure a place at one of their three preferred schools will be allocated a place at their catchment school or the next available school.

For more information about the secondary school admissions process, including how to appeal the council's decision, visit