Kirklees families celebrate on school National Offer Day 2022

School shirt, cap, tie and bag hung on a hook

Over 5,600 Kirklees children will be moving to secondary school in September this year. Almost 97 per cent of children have been allocated a place at one of their preferred schools.

How many applicants secured a place at their first preference?

This year’s figures show that 5,004 families (88.6 per cent of applicants) secured a place at the school stated as first preference in their application. A further 370 (6.6 per cent) and 87 (1.5 per cent) gained places at their second and third preferences respectively.

Kirklees secondary schools 

Kirklees secondary schools are continuing to perform well. The majority of students (84 per cent) are attending schools that are judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.

The total is above the national average. This means Kirklees ranks fifth out of 15 local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“We are proud of the educational offer in Kirklees and we enjoy excellent relationships with our local family of schools.


“Working closely with our schools, we are constantly striving for more improvements. At the same time, families can feel confident in their children receiving a high standard of care and education.


“We want all of our children and young people to enjoy the best start in life and to fulfil their potential. We are ambitious for all of our families and we know schools play an essential role in this support.


“It’s great news that almost 97 per cent of families have been allocated one of their preferred schools. We strongly believe that, wherever possible, children should be able to attend a school in their local community.


“This is an exciting time for education in Kirklees as the wider partnership have recently agreed a new approach to learning – called Our Kirklees Futures – which spans all age groups for a number of years.


“Our Kirklees Futures will be delivered by the council, early years settings, schools, local communities and providers of further and higher education. Our aim is for Kirklees to become a national leader and provide life-changing opportunities for all.”