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The toughest schools to get into in Coventry and Warwickshire revealed; How hard is your kids school to get into?

Byline: Danny Thompson

Two-fifths of parents didn't get their first choice of a place at one Coventry school this year.

Figures show just 57% of those who put Finham Park 2 as their first choice secondary secured a place for this September.

The school had 1.7 first preference applications for each of the 120 places offered - 200 in total.

Of those who put the school as their first pick, only 114 were successful.

Including second and third preferences, there were 4.3 applications for each offered place, with four second preferences and two third preferences getting a place.

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Sidney Stringer Academy was the next hardest secondary to get into locally, with just 60% of those who put it as a first preference getting a place.

There were 1.6 first preferences for the school, a total of 381, for each of its 240 places offered.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School was the hardest primary school to secure a place at locally.

The school had 1.5 first preferences for each of the 60 places offered, with 68% of those who put the school as their first choice getting a place.

Overall, the primary school was put down as a preference 153 times, with one second preference being successful.

Sidney Stringer Primary Academy saw 87 first preferences for 60 places offered - 1.5 per place - with 69% of parents who put it as a first choice being offered a place.

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In Nuneaton and Bedworth, St Thomas More proved the hardest senior school to get into. 309 people put it as their first choice, with just 162 places being offered.

Another 151 put it as their second choice, with 79 putting it as their third option.

In terms of primary schools, the toughest to get into is St Paul's CofE Primary on Wiclif Way, Nuneaton. They had just 60 spots available, with 83 people picking it as their first choice. Another 49 putting it as their second choice and 15 more as their third.

Elsewhere in Warwickshire, Rugby's Ashlawn School was the hardest to get into, with 783 people picking it as third, second or first choice, with just 228 places available.

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For primary schools, the most in demand was Heathcote Primary in Warwick. 50 people put it as their first choice with just 30 places available. Another 55 had is their second choice, with 41 choosing it as their third option.

The data from the Department for Education is based on figures from National Offers Day, so data held directly by individual schools may differ, for example, because late applications were included.

The application process for places in September 2020 will re-open at the start of this month as pupils head back to schools.

This year's deadline for applying for a Reception place is January 15, 2020, while it is October 31, for secondary applications.

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Publication:Coventry Telegraph (Coventry, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2019
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