The race for a place: the schools everyone wants to get into
WITH parents starting to apply for next year’s school places, what are your chances of getting into your first choice school?
Little Chalfont Primary School, in Chiltern, was the toughest primary school to get a place in for this September, with just 52% of first preferences offered a place on national offer day on April 18.
In total 58 parents put the school as their first choice but only 30 were offered places, a ratio of 1.9 preferences to offers.
Stoke Mandeville Combined School, in Aylesbury Vale, had the highest ratio of preferences to offers, with 161 people putting the school as one of their four choices, a ratio of 5.4 preferences to each of the 30 places offered.
Across Buckinghamshire, at 76 out of 161 schools, every child who put the school as first choice were offered a place.
Sir Thomas Fremantle School, in Aylesbury Vale, was the toughest secondary school to get a place in for this September, with 50% of first preferences offered a place on national offer day on March 1.
There were 145 first preferences for the school, but only 72 received offers, a ratio of two preferences to offers.
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School had the highest ratio of preferences to offers, with 649 people putting the school as one of their six choices, a ratio of 5.4 preferences to each of the 120 places offered.
Across the area, seven out of 38 secondary schools saw all children who put the school as their first choice offered a place.
Across the whole of England, Spring Grove Primary School in Hounslow was the toughest primary to get a place in for this September, with just 28% of first preferences offered a place.
Handsworth Grammar School in Birmingham was the toughest secondary school to get a place in for September across the whole of England, with just 20% of first preferences offered a place.
The figures, from the Department for Education, are the position on national offer day. Schools may offer more or less places than their published admission numbers based on the number of applications and any decisions to exceed the admission number.
Free Schools are not required to take part in the common application process in their first year of operation, and therefore may be missing from the datasets.
In 2016, there 548,006 applications for a secondary school place, an increase of 2.8% on 2015. The number of applications was the highest received since 2008 (568,723).
Despite the increase, the proportion of first preference offers remained stable at 84.1%, compared to 84.2% in 2015. The proportion receiving an offer of any of their preferences was also stable, at 96.4% in 2015 and 96.5% in 2016.
Applications for a primary school place increased by a smaller proportion than at secondary level, with 0.8% more applications than in 2015 (641,572 in total).
Despite the increase in pupils, the proportion of primary applicants who received an offer of their first choice school increased from 87.8% in 2015 to 88.4%. The proportion receiving an offer of any of their preferences increased slightly from 96.5% to 96.9%.