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School lottery mixed success

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Fewer parents were granted their first choice school, but more landed one of their top three secondary options following Brighton & Hove City Council’s pioneering lottery.

It was hoped the ballot would give parents fairer access to the city’s over-subscribed schools.

However Gil Sweetenham, Brighton & Hove’s assistant director of school support, conceded the council was braced for negative press after many were not allocated places at their closest school.

Only 78% of parents’ first choices was granted, compared with 83% last year although 96.5% of pupils got a place at one of their three preferred schools, up three percent on a year ago.

Ms Sweetenham said: “To have an allocation of 96.5% of places is a very high figure. I don’t think there will be many authorities that match that.”

Under the council’s system, six catchment areas were designated, of which four had a single secondary school, supposedly the logical choice for parents living there. It was only to decide attendance at schools in two further areas, each with an over and under-subscribed school, that the lottery applied.

Michael Gove, shadow secretary of state for children, schools and families, said a future Tory government would scrap the allocation of places by lottery.

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