Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Secondary Schools Over-Subscribed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Secondary Schools Over-Subscribed

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HALF of secondary schools in England are over-subscribed, with the best being the hardest to get a place at, research suggests.

In some areas of the country, the majority of secondaries rated outstanding by Ofsted have more families applying than spots available. The analysis was published by 192.com's FindASchool service just days before the October 31 deadline for parents to submit applications for children starting secondary school next autumn.

It comes amid growing concerns about a squeeze on places, and the impact a bulge in pupil numbers is having on schools.

The figures, based on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests and data gathered from schools and councils, show that 49.8% of all secondary schools across the country are oversubscribed - meaning they have to turn some children down.

This rises to almost two thirds - 63% - among those judged to be good or outstanding by inspectors.

A breakdown of the statistics suggests that parents' chances of gaining a place at an outstanding secondary depend heavily on where they live. …

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