The Daily Mail is reporting that almost all the best secondary schools in some areas are now over-subscribed as a baby boom fuelled by migration takes its toll.
A bulge in the pupil population has caused a places crisis in primary schools for many years – but now that problem is transferring to secondaries as the extra children get older.
FindASchool spokesman Dominic Blackburn said: ‘The data we collected shows an alarming trend that secondary schools are becoming increasingly difficult to secure a place at. The days of assuming you can just send your children to the best local school where they will get a place are over.”
Across the country, around 63 per cent of secondary schools which are rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by inspectors are oversubscribed.
Separate Department for Education (DfE) figures released in July suggest that the secondary school population is projected to continue increasing to 3.04 million by 2020, and peak at 3.33 million in 2025.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: ‘These figures do not paint the full picture as they do not take into account the new places that will be created in the future, nor the surplus places that are already available.
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