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Large majority of Oxfordshire parents and children offered first choice secondary for 2021/22

Parents and children across Oxfordshire have been offered their first choice of secondary school for 2021/22 in the vast majority of cases.  

A total of 89.99 per cent (6,371) of applications have been awarded their first choice. A total of 97.27 per cent (6,909) have been offered one of the four choices they listed on their application.

This first choice figure represents a slight improvement on last year’s figures and is comfortably ahead of national averages in all recent previous years (see below). This year’s national average will not be published until later in the year.


84.2 per cent


84.1 per cent


83.5 per cent


82.1 per cent


80.9 per cent

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Cultural Services, said: “Our school admissions team have done an excellent job in ensuring that so many parents and children have been offered their first choice. I am grateful to them for the hard work they’ve done. Our aim as a council is to give every child a good start in life and our school admissions team play their part in that year in, year out.”

Record managed by Oxfordshire Family Information Service