Fight to secure school places

David Whalley is Calderdale Council's Head of Learning.
David Whalley is Calderdale Council's Head of Learning.

Brighouse schools are some of the most oversubscibed in Calderdale as families fight for school places.

Figures released showed Brighouse High School was one of the highest for applications with 690 bids and only 210 places available.

With Hipperholme, Lightcliffe and Brighouse being earmarked as potential areas for new housing as part of Calderdale Council’s Local Plan, the increase in families will see schools come under more strain.

Primary schools in the area also ranked high with St Chad’s Primary School in Hove Edge coming out on top.

An average of 4.6 applications were received per place at the school, with only a total of 30 available.

Other schools that were heavily oversubscribed with an average of over three applications per place were Carr Green Primary School in Rastrick (163 applications/45 places), St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Brighouse (100/30), Bailiff Bridge Junior and Infant School (110/30) and Woodhouse Primary School, Brighouse, (186/60).

In Lightcliffe, 172 applications were submitted for only 60 places available.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Learning, David Whalley, said: “Calderdale Council carefully monitors the school allocations process to ensure that every child is allocated a place.

“Although some schools have more applications than places, these are not always first preference applications.

“Each child has five preferences of school on their application form, and the vast majority of applicants get their first choice.

“On offer day this year 83 per cent of secondary school applicants and 86 per cent of primary school applicants were granted their first preference.

“To cope with the growing demand nationally for primary school places, we have already provided extra forms of entry at both Halifax High and the new Savile Park at Heath site.”