The number of pupils in Reading who have secured places at the secondary schools they wanted for September has fallen to less than 80 per cent.
In total, 78.4 per cent of applicants were given their first choice - down by nearly four per cent on last year.
But the total number of applications is up - from 1,702 last year to 1,805 this. It comes against a backdrop of a rising number of 11 year olds in the system.
The number of pupils given none of their choices who have been allocated schools by the local authority is also up.
The full figures for the Borough are below.
First preference: 78.4 per cent (82.3 per cent in 2016)
Second preference: 12.7 per cent (12.2 per cent in 2016)
Third preference: 4.2 per cent (2.6 per cent in 2016)
Fourth preference: 1 per cent (1.3 per cent in 2016)
Divert (where no preference options are offered): 3.7 per cent (1.7 per cent in 2016)
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