One in five children face missing out on their top school choice in worse admissions round since 2008

Almost one in five children are expected to have missed out on their first choice of secondary school this year in what would be the worst admissions round in eight years.


A poll of councils on National Offer Day found only 82 per cent of 11-year-olds received their top choice, meaning that some 18 per cent missed out.


It would mean around 70,000 children will be forced to accept a place at other schools, with many having to commute further from their homes than they would wish.


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