28/02/2007

Lottery for schools places announced

Brighton and Hove council have announced that places at some secondary schools will be awarded to pupils via a lottery from September next year.

The code of conduct on schools admission was changed in January and allowing the use of lotteries to allocate places to oversubscribed schools was one of the changes.

Brighton and Hove is believed to be the first council in England to formally back the policy.

Under the present system, oversubscribed places automatically go to children who leave closest to the school and the council said that the use of a lottery would be a fairer system as all applications to popular schools would be treated equally.

The announcement comes a day before more than a million parents will discover if they have succeeded in getting their child into the secondary school of their choice.

According to research in Wednesday's edition of the 'Daily Telegraph', around 200,000 pupils could miss out on getting into their first choice school, while last year, in some parts of the country, a third of pupils failed to get into their preferred school.

(KMcA/SP)

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