Nine out of ten parents got one of their top three choices

More than nine out of 10 parents got one of their top three choices of primary or secondary school for their children this year, according to DfE figures.

The figures show that 97.5% of primary, and 93% of secondary school children, secured a place at one of their top-three picks of school in 2019.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: "Wherever they live and whatever their background, children deserve the best in education. Since 2010 we have created more school places and seen school standards rise, meaning there is a greater opportunity for pupils across the country to go to a good or outstanding school.

"This means that, despite rising pupil numbers and the highest number of applications at secondary level for twelve years, the vast majority of parents sending their children to school this September received one of their top three preferences of either primary or secondary school.

"Our school system has improved beyond recognition in the last nine years, which means that even the small minority of parents who didn’t get one of their top choices this year can feel confident their child will still get a world-leading education."

There has been an increase in the overall school population of over 635,000 pupils since 2010, and a rise of over 20,000 applications at secondary level this year alone.

Read more