The race for a place: the schools ev­ery­one wants to get into

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Claire Miller buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk Twit­ter: @Get_Bucks

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%.

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