Parents need to do homework on secondary school places as competition intensifies, experts say

Ahead of the school application deadline in a fortnight, The Good Schools Guide has estimated that there will be nearly 25,000 more applicants to secondary schools in England than in 2017. The Independent reports.

An expert for the parents’ guide has warned that it would be a “waste of time” to apply to a popular school if a child does not match the admissions criteria due to a shortage of places.

Elizabeth Coatman, education consultant at The Good Schools Guide, says that the “slow trickle of new schools and expansions” has failed to provide enough places for the population bulge.

Official government figures released earlier this year showed that secondary schools in England are facing a boom in pupils, with numbers set to rise by more than 600,000 over the next few years.

The Good Schools Guide suggests there has been a 12 per cent increase in the number of applicants to secondary schools in the last five years and the intake in 2019 will be the “largest in decades”.

The closing date for secondary school applications is in two weeks’ time – on Wednesday October 31.

“However much you may want your child to attend a high-performing school, in some parts of the country it would be a waste of time, and a waste of a valuable school choice, to apply unless your child matches the oversubscription criteria, be that to do with geography, religion or ability.”

It also calls on parents to include at least one school which they would find acceptable where there is a strong chance of getting a place – or risk being allocated an undesirable school far away.

Read more Parents need to do homework on secondary school places as competition intensifies, experts say

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