Suderland parents find out about school places

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TODAY is deadline day for parents across the region waiting to find out if their child has secured a place at the secondary school of their choice.

Early signs are that more than 90 per cent of youngsters will be attending their first choice school in September.

Schools’ admission policies are governed by strict rules on what criteria they are allowed to use to allocate places.

Some use a simple lottery system, while others factor in considerations such as distance to travel from home.

Unhappy parents have two weeks to challenge any decision. Anyone wishing to do so should appeal directly to their local authority.

Primary schools places will be allocated on April 1.