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Studio discussion on secondary school places

Fred and Sangeeta discuss the growing pressure on secondary school places with Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford in the studio.

One in five Reading pupils fails to win place at secondary school they wanted

How many pupils secured places at the secondary schools they wanted? Credit: itv meridian

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)


Education expert says parents who missed out may well get schools they want before term starts

Education expert Peter Read has urged parents to be patient, join waiting lists and consider launching an appeal if their child hasn't been given the secondary school place they wanted for September.

In Kent one in five pupils has missed out on their number one choice of secondary.

One in five pupils in Kent fails to secure place at the school they wanted

One in five pupils from Kent applying for secondary school in September has failed to secure a place at the school they wanted.

Figures released today show 80 per cent of the 16,697 applicants were allocated to their number one choice of school.

That left more than 3,500 having to settle for second best. It comes at a time when school places are under increasing pressure as a population bulge that was affecting primary schools starts to move through to the secondary years.

Kent alone has created an additional 800 places for this coming school year.

Education boss Cllr Roger Gough says it's "regrettable" that not every pupil receives a place at the school they would like, but the council is doing its best.

'Parents moving in to attend good quality Hampshire schools' says education boss

Cllr Peter Edgar, Cabinet Member for Education at Hampshire County Council, says more and more people are moving into the county to take advantage of the top quality schools there.

This year more than 13,500 applications were received - only seven per cent failed to win places at their number one choice of school.

Parents' relief at winning school places

Parents at the school gates in Winchester have been reacting with relief when they discover they have won places at the secondary schools they wanted.


Parents find it harder to get children into preferred schools

It is more difficult to get into a preferred school Credit: ITV

Parents in many areas of England are finding it tougher to get their child into a favoured secondary school than they were a year ago.

In just 12 months, more than half of the nation's towns and counties have seen a fall in the proportion of 11-year-olds winning a place at their first choice, according to a Press Association analysis of government data.

The situation has also become tougher over the past five years, with two-thirds of local authorities witnessing a drop in the percentages of pupils gaining any of their preferred schools.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Kent Kids learn in London in capacity crisis.

For the first time, children in parts of Kent are being allocated school places in London, because there aren't enough places locally.

Kent County Council has sent letters to 53 pupils in Dartford saying there aren't enough places at any of their secondary school choices, and that the London Borough of Bexley is the nearest and best alternative.

David Johns reports, speaking to parents Sue Bull, Richard and Tracey Robertson, and Kent County Councillor Roger Gough.

  1. Sarah Saunders (@SSaundersITV)

Primary places - the situation in the South East

Today marked the first time that every primary school across the UK decided on their intake on the same day.

Although most youngsters ended up exactly where their parents wanted them to go, it meant that thousands in the south east missed out on their top choice. And well over a thousand children did not get any _of the schools they wanted.

As Sarah Saunders reports, the real problem was too few schools and too many children.

  1. National

Thousands miss out on primary school place

File photo showing primary school pupils during a lesson. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Around one in seven children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places.

Hundreds of thousands of families across the country have been learning which school their child will be attending from this September, in the first ever primary National Offer Day

Early figures indicate that a child's chances of getting their top choice depend heavily on where they live, with almost all getting their first preference in some places, and more than a third missing out in others.

File photo of a primary school pupil at work in a classroom. Credit: PA

A survey conducted by the Press Association, based on responses from more than 50 councils, found that nationally, 86.99% of four-year-olds have won a place at their first preference school this year.

But this means that 13.01% - almost one in seven youngsters - have missed out.

Watch: Primary school places: How to appeal a decision

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