Higher proportion of pupils fail to get top choice of secondary school

The proportion of pupils who failed to get into their top choice of secondary school in England increased this year as a result of growing demand for places, according to official government figures.


Around one in six 11-year-olds (16.5%) did not get their first preference – up from 15.9% last year – as secondary schools struggled to accommodate the highest number of applications in almost a decade.


The figures are official confirmation of data from national offer day in March when half a million families were told which secondary school had offered their child a place for September.


Demand – and disappointment – was at its peak in London. In boroughs such as Hammersmith & Fulham only just over half of applicants got into their top choice of school.


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