Up to 30,000 children will miss out on their first choice of secondary school in London, education experts have predicted.
It means that, in September, record numbers of 11-year-olds — almost a third of those who applied for a place — will start at schools that are not their top preference. The Good Schools Guide, which produced the figures, said there were not enough secondary schools in London to cope with the number of children needing places this autumn.
It also warned that the schools places crisis facing the capital could mean pupil choice becomes even worse in years to come. Last year, 31 per cent of pupils failed to get their first preference school, although only 11 per cent missed out on one of their top three. Read more.