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The figures, released by the Department for Education, show that across England there were 562,487 applications made for secondary school in 2017, an increase of 2.6% on last year, and the highest number of applications received since 2008.

The proportion of secondary applicants receiving an offer of their first-choice school has dropped slightly from 84.1% in 2016 to 83.5% this year.

The proportion of applicants who received an offer of any of their preferred schools also dropped slightly to 96.1% in 2017 from 96.5% the year before.

As in previous years, the lowest first preference rates at secondary level are all in London, with Hammersmith and Fulham (53.6%), Westminster (56.6%) and Lewisham (57.8%) achieving the lowest rates in 2017.

Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster have been in the lowest three since 2015 but both achieved higher preference rates in 2017 compared to 2016 (52.0% and 53.4% respectively).

Charlotte Phillips, The Good Schools Guide’s south west London education consultant, discussed the demand for more secondary places in London, with 11 of the capital’s 32 local authorities receiving more applications than they have school places. Read more

 

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