595 pupils miss out on choice of school
County’s children left with no preferred place
NEARLY one-in-20 pupils in Buckinghamshire missed out on their first choice of primary or secondary school for this September.
Figures from the Department for Education show 4.9% of pupils in the area were not given any of their choices of secondary school, while 74.6% received their first choice.
For primary school choices, 5% of pupils missed out while 83.9% received their first choice.
Overall, 595 children missed out on any of their preferred primary or secondary school choices.
Across England, the proportion of schoolchildren missing out on their first choice school is increasing, as more than 40,000 children failed to get any of their choices.
The figures reveal 84.2% of 11-year-olds will be heading to their first choice secondary school in September, down from 85.2% last year.
The proportion being allocated any of their preferences on offer day in March also fell, from 96.8% to 96.4%.
Across England, 19,199 pupils missed out on any of their secondary school preferences, with 17,066 offered a place at a school they did not choose, and 2,133 given no offer but a choice of schools with available places.
The proportion of pupils receiving their first choice of primary school remains largely unchanged, with 87.8% being offered their first preference, slightly up from 87.7% last year, and 96.5% being offered at least one of their choices, up from 96.4%.
Across England, 21,633 pupils missed out on any of their primary preferences, with 19,088 offered a place at a school they did not choose and 2,545 receiving no offer but a choice of schools with available places.
Overall, 40,833 children missed out on a place at their preferred school in 2014. There was a 2.3% increase in the number of applications received at secondary level in 2015 compared with last year. At primary level, the increase was 2%.
As in previous years, London had the lowest number of applicants receiving their secondary first preference offer, at 68.9%, down 1.3% on 2014. Outside of the capital, the lowest regional rate of first preferences being met was in the West Midlands, at 81.5%.
The highest rate was in the North East, where 92.6% of applicants were offered their first preference school.
In London, 82.1% of applications received an offer of a place at their first preference primary school, an improvement of 1% on last year (81.1%).
As with secondary applications, the North East was the region with the highest first preference rate for primary schools, with 91.9% offered their first choice.