DISAPPOINTED primary schoolchildren in Chester will not be going to the secondary school of their choice in September as demand exceeds the number of places available at popular schools.
Offers of places were sent to parents at the beginning of this month by e-mail or second class post.
Christleton High, Bishop Heber, Helsby, Tarporley and Chester Catholic High schools were all oversubscribed by parents putting them at the top of their list.
More than 100 pupils have been offered places at alternative schools which may or may not have been on their list.
Admissions to schools in the county are handled centrally by the county council and have been since 2006. In the case of voluntary aided schools like the Chester Catholic High School, the governors are the admissions authority.
Headteacher John Murray said: “On the one hand it is good for the school to be oversubscribed and we wouldn’t want it any other way. On the other, I do have every sympathy for parents. The Government talks of parental choice but if the school of their choice is oversubscribed parents can be disillusioned.
“If that is so, we do have a fair and open appeals process.”
Parents had until March 21 to appeal to the county council and appeals will be heard between April and July 6.