Smaller percentage of families offered a place at their first choice secondary school

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2nd November 2015 18:15 - Education

A recent education survey has revealed that one in seven families (approximately 76,000) did not secure a place at their first choice of Smaller percentage of families offered a place at their first choice secondary schoolsecondary school last year and a further 25 per cent (19,000) did not get into any of their chosen schools.

Research from the New Schools Network revealed that getting a place at a first choice school has decreased every year for three years. With these findings in mind, it is unlikely that this trend will change in the next few weeks, when the results of 2015’s school allocation is published.

The researchers also discovered that families living in cities and urban areas are less likely to get a place at their first choice secondary school, with 25 per cent of those living in Birmingham and London missing out on a place at their top pick. In comparison, in the North East and South West of England, fewer than 10 per cent are not offered a place at their first choice school.

The research revealed that the most places within schools are being created in institutions which are achieving worsening GCSE results.

Since 2011, more than 50 per cent (42,000) of the 79,000 places created were within institutions with worsening GCSE grades. Approximately 14,000 of school places were created within institutions rated as ‘failing’ by Ofsted.

The results of the findings have come shortly after the news that at least 17 local councils are considering creating ‘Super Schools’. These schools will have between 12 and 16 classes per year group and will have between 2,000 and 4,000 pupils attending them.

The councils hope that the implementation of ‘Super Schools’ will serve the 80,000 secondary school places which are forecasted to be needed before 2019.

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