595 pupils miss out on choice of school

County’s chil­dren left with no pre­ferred place

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Claire Miller claire.miller@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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