Highfield leads the way as pupils win secondary places

Highfield Humanities College, South Shore, has been shortlisted in the RIBA North West Awards 2015 (photo by Will Pryce)
Highfield Humanities College, South Shore, has been shortlisted in the RIBA North West Awards 2015 (photo by Will Pryce)
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Four out of five Year Six pupils across the Fylde coast have been granted their first place preference secondary school for September.

Figures released by Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council show the majority of youngsters will attend the school of their choosing.

In Blackpool, 79 per cent of Year Six pupils got their first place preference of school.

In Lancashire, 87 per cent of pupils got their first place preference, while seven per cent then got their second place preference.

The authorities have revealed that in Blackpool, Highfield Humanities College, South Shore, was once again the most popular choice for pupils, followed by St Mary’s Catholic Academy, St George’s School, and Unity Academy, where applications for places outweighed the numbers available.

Coun Ivan Taylor, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I’m happy to say that the majority of people who applied for their child’s new secondary school have received their first choice.

“As some Blackpool schools, like Highfield for example, are extremely popular, it is impossible to place everybody in their favourite school.”

In Wyre and Fylde, 260 pupils vied for just 160 places at Millfield High School, Thornton, while Hodgson Academy, Poulton, and St Bede’s Catholic High School, Lytham, were oversubscribed too.