Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has made sure the 1,859 pupils starting secondary school in Reading have a place for September, despite strong competition. 

Just over 93% of Reading students who applied have been offered a place in one of their preferred secondary schools this year. 

The percentage who received their first or second preference is 86% compared with 87% last year. Of these, 91% were offered their first, second or third choice, with almost 72% of pupils (1,399) offered their first preference. 

The percentage of students not allocated any of their preferences, but still offered a place in a Reading school, was 6% (127 pupils). 

Brian Grady, Director of Education at BFfC, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to offer so many Reading children a place at one of their preferred secondary schools again this year. 

“A huge thank you goes to our Admissions team, who have worked tirelessly to ensure all 1,859 applicants have a school place. 

“We wish all pupils the best at their new school in September and hope they enjoy their time in secondary education.” 

Cllr Ruth McEwan, Lead Councillor for Education and Public Health, said: “It is fantastic to see such a large number of Reading young people being offered their secondary school of choice this September. It takes a real collaborative effort to help so many get into one of their preferred schools. 

“I would like to use this opportunity to thank our secondary schools for helping us to accommodate all students this year and wish every pupil the very best of luck in their new school.” 

Notes to editor 

Brighter Futures for Children delivers children’s services, including education, on behalf of Reading Borough Council. 

More information on secondary school places, including what happens after places are offered can be found on the BFfC website. 

Preference  Percentage of total students  Count of total students 
Allocated By L A – No Offer  6.49%  127 
Preference 1  71.52%  1399 
Preference 2  15.08%  295 
Preference 3  4.96%  97 
Preference 4  1.94%  38