90,000 children set to miss out on first choice school, experts say

The Telegraph is reporting that 90,000 children are set to miss out on their first choice of secondary school, as more pupils than ever miss out.

More than half a million families in England will learn on Wednesday which school their child will attend in September, on what is known as “national offer day”.  

The number of children who will fail to get a place at their preferred school has risen by more than three per cent this year, according to analysis by the Good Schools Guide.

Research published by the Sutton Trust reveals that parents pay on average a £46,000 premium to live in the catchment area for a top secondary school.

Separate research by the social mobility charity Teach First found that the poorest areas of England are half as likely to have an outstanding secondary and five times more likely to have a school that is rated as less than good.  

The most popular secondary school for the past three years has been Bradford Girls’ Grammar School, a former private school which converted into a free school in 2013, where there are more than four first choice applicants for each place. 

One in four children with special educational needs, including pupils with autism and Down’s syndrome, did not receive an offer.  

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