One in five pupils denied first choice secondary school, new figures show

Nearly one in five children did not get their first choice of secondary school this year, figures show.


The proportion of children being denied their preferred secondary school has reached a 10-year high, the Department for Education statistics reveal.


Figures show that 80.9 per cent of secondary school applicants received an offer from their first preference school this year, down from 82.1 per cent last year.


This means that nearly 115,500 children did not get into their first choice secondary school this September, compared with 104,300 last year.


The proportion of children getting into any of their top three schools also fell from 93.8 per cent to 93 per cent this year.


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