First preference cheers

9 out of 10 children have been allocated a place at their highest preferred school. How many of these allocations are within walking/cycling distance of their homes? How many allocations were to schools that were not the closest to a child’s home? What are the health and congestion impacts of these allocations? How many road miles will be generated?

With 25% of rush hour traffic attributed to the school run, understanding why people choose to send their kids to schools they have to be driven to (or even bused) rather than their local school needs to be fully understood. The impact of these allocations have a huge impact on traffic, air pollution, and the general health of children in the city.


Seems nearly nine out of ten families in Bath and North East Somerset have been offered a place at their first choice of secondary school for admissions this September.

Bath & North East Somerset Council received 1,887 applications from B&NES residents for secondary school places for admission into the 2022/2023 academic year – up on 1,845 for the previous year.

More than eighty-nine percent of children have been allocated a place at their highest preferred school, making up a total of 1,681 children.

Figures show 128 pupils have been offered a place at their second preference of school, 28 pupils their third preference, four pupils their fourth preference and three pupils their fifth preference, meaning 97.9% received one of their overall preferences.

Forty-one pupils have not been offered a place at any of their preferences and have instead been offered a place at their next nearest school with a place…

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  1. This is an excellent point. Having grown up in Bath location of school in the 1970’s wasn’t really an issue. Most of us walked or cycled or used public bus system. I cycled every day from Weston to Rush Hill area of City – about 5 mile round journey. Or walked it. And so did most others. With the right infrastructure and attitude ( and a decent raincoat) no reason why its shouldn’t be the same now. Is there? M

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