Secondary school choice increased

Liverpool City Council is to up the number of secondary schools that parents can express a preference for from three to five from next year.

The aim is to increase the percentage of pupils that get in to a school of their choice.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for education, said: “The diversification of the schools sector means that there is much more choice available to parents, including community schools, academies and free schools.

“We want parents right across the city to have as much choice as possible, and by increasing the number of preferences we hope to ensure that parents get one of their choices after these changes.”

A report to the Cabinet on Friday 24 June recommended the introduction of the change for the start of the September 2017 academic year.