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Figures show the battle to get into schools; Pupils being turned away.

Byline: Nicola Weatherall

SOME schools in the North East had to turn away more than 200 children last year, The Journal can reveal.

An investigation into admission applications has shown which are the most over-subscribed secondaries in the region.

Some schools received double the number of applications compared to actual places available in 2011, meaning many parents are missing out on their choice of school for their child.

But the figures also reveal some schools are under-subscribed and many places are left unfilled.

The most popular school in Northumberland was The King Edward VI School in Morpeth with 530 applications for 320 places - with 382 of these being first choices.

St Benet Biscop RC High in Bedlington got 351 applications for 232 places, including 272 first choices. In comparison, Bedlingtonshire Community High, which is just two miles away from St Benet Biscop, had a Published Admission Number of 220, but only received 154 first-choice applications.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: "Parents have the right to express a preference for the school they would like their child to attend.

"Wherever possible places are offered in the school parents have expressed a preference. However, if there are more applicants for a school than there are places available, the council will allocate places according to published criteria on our website."

In County Durham, Framwellgate School and St Leonard's RC Comprehensive, both in Durham City, proved popular with parents. Framwellgate received 495 applications for 210 places, whilst St Leonard's had 418 for 225 places.

In comparison, Durham Gilesgate Sports College, also in Durham City, had an admission limit of 95, but received only 36 first-choice applications. In Newcastle, the most popular secondary schools were Kenton and Heaton Manor. In comparison, the city's All Saints College, in West Denton, had 180 places available, but only 74 places were offered.

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said: "The system is as fair as it can be and if a parent is not happy with their choice, they have the opportunity to appeal and state their case."

In Gateshead, Whickham School, Lord Lawson of Beamish, and the town's two catholic schools - Cardinal Hume and St Thomas More - were the most popular.

In North Tyneside, the most popular high schools were Longbenton Community, Marden, Monkseaton and Whitley Bay. In South Tyneside, Whitburn C of E Academy received 460 applications for 195 places, with 257 of these being first choice preferences. Harton Technology College in South Shields received 511 applications for 271 places.


POPULAR From top, Morpeth's King Edward VI School, Monkseaton High School and St Benet Biscop Catholic High School, Bedlington
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2012
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