Up to 13 pupils try for each place in popular schools

The most popular state schools have each received more than 1,000 applications for places in September, but many pupils will miss out on their first choice of secondary education.

Although last week’s secondary school allocations for almost 600,000 children across England resulted in many pupils securing the secondary school they – and their parents – had hoped for, up to one-in-six of them will miss out on their first choice.

Many flagship academies and state grammars are experiencing huge demand for places, as the economic downturn has resulted in parents increasingly taking children out of private education, The Telegraph reports.

Demand for places is most intense in major cities, where as many as 50% of children could miss out on their first choice of academy, grammar or free school:

  • 8.5 children tried for  each place at ARK’s King Solomon Academy in Westminster
  • William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester had more than 11 applications for each place
  • 640 pupils applied for 100 places at the Greenwich Free School, double last year.

Janet Wallis from The Good Schools Guide said: “Competition for places at the most popular state schools is at fever pitch. Increasing number of parents who would in rosier times have sent their children private are now joining the throngs rapping at the school gates for places.”

With top schools reporting a 10% rise in applications, it’s likely that thousands of parents are now considering lodging appeals against their child’s school placement.

Is your school experiencing soaring demand for places? Or are you a parent trying to get your child into your first choice school?




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