Number of pupils offered preferred secondary school place falls in most areas

New analysis on 'national offer day' reveals parents across England are finding it tougher to get their child into their first-choice secondary than last year.


More than half of England’s local authorities have seen a fall in the proportion of 11-year-olds securing a place at their first-choice secondary in the past 12 months, according to new analysis of government data.


The situation has also become tougher for parents over the past five years, with nearly two-thirds of local authorities witnessing a drop in the percentage of pupils going to any of their preferred schools.


The figures come as children across England are learning which secondary school they will attend from this autumn, on what has become known as national offer day.


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