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Parents reassured over school places

Secondary school places in Middlesbrough have been found to meet a significant shortfall for September.

Parents have been informed this week that more than 120 additional places have been secured to meet the needs of those children who were not initially offered a place within the borough.

The development follows close working between the Council and school leaders.

While schools allocate places, Middlesbrough Council is responsible for ensuring that all 1,936 children can be accommodated.

Pressures contributing to the 2019 shortfall included:

  • The 2019 Year 7 cohort having 61 children more children than last year
  • 35 fewer children being admitted to schools outside Middlesbrough than last year
  • 23 more children from outside Middlesbrough being admitted to the borough’s schools
  • The number of available school places falling by 15

Over recent weeks, schools have undertaken detailed reviews of their buildings and staffing structures, with a further 122 places identified at Outwood Grange Ormesby, Unity City Academy, Trinity Catholic College and King’s Academy.

Work is also ongoing – in consultation with the Department for Education and the Regional Schools Commissioner – on application trends and long-term solutions.

Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson said: “This situation arose due to a complex combination of factors, not least of which is the growing quality and popularity of Middlesbrough’s schools.

“It has clearly been a very difficult time for the parents and families of those affected, and I’m grateful to them for their patience and understanding.

“I’m also grateful to our schools for their commitment to finding a solution in such a short space of time.

“Now that these additional places have been confirmed we will continue to work with schools on admission arrangements, and will do everything we can to complete this process as quickly as possible.”

Parents will be contacted by the council’s admissions team as soon as possible after April 29 to confirm the offer of a school place.

Parents and guardians seeking further information are asked to contact Trevor Dunn on 01642 727511 or email