Families race for school places across Surrey


Nov 03, 2014 06:34
By Amy De-Keyzer

Find out which Surrey schools are the most competitive for places using our interactive widget

Every year families battle it out to get their children into their preferred schools – and every year the race for school places makes the headlines.

So we’re giving a helping hand by revealing the level of demand at state primary and secondary schools in the county.

Get Surrey can reveal the county’s most competitive schools – with 10 children applying for every place at the most in-demand ones.

St John’s Primary School, in Redhill, is the most over-subscribed school with 10.23 applications for every place available in 2014/2015 and a total of 307 applications for just 30 places.

Clarendon Primary School, in Ashford, was second in the list with 274 applications pouring in for 30 spaces this year, while St Mary’s CofE Infant School, in Shackleford, was third with 172 children seeking one of 25 places.

The Greville Primary School, in Ashtead, saw 196 applications for 30 spots and Cobham Free School had 144 applications for 23 places.

The competition for secondary school places was less competitive, but still saw more than four pupils applying for each space at the county’s most over-subscribed establishment, Gordon’s School in West End.

The state boarding school saw 4.21 applications for each space with 421 applications for 100 places.

Guildford County School was the second most competitive, receiving 664 applications for 160 places, and Heathside School, in Weybridge, had 768 applications for just 210 spaces.

Esher Church of England High School had 767 applications for 210 places this year while St Andrew’s Catholic School, in Leatherhead, had 584 applications for 150 places.

Use our interactive widget below to find out how difficult it is to get into your first choice school.

The data comes from figures obtained via Freedom of Information requests to local councils which collect and process school place applications.

The authorities were asked to provide the number of places each school had, the number of applications received for each school – ideally broken down by preference – and the number of offers made, broken down by preference.

The applications process generally works by asking parents to list a number of schools in order of preference on their form, before the schools and local authority rank the applications in order of how well they fit the over-subscription criteria such as siblings, religion and distance.