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National Offer Day: One in seven parents fail to get children into chosen secondary school

Thousands of disappointed parents are having to face up to the fact that they have failed to get their children into their first choice secondary school.

Around one in seven parents were understood to have lost out as a result of National Offer Day - the day the parents of 554,000 11-year-olds know their children’s fate.

The figure is similar to last year - when a total of 84,200 parents were rejected by their first choice school.

There were wide variations across the country - - with parents in London, Bristol and Birmingham facing the hardest battle.

In London,  around one in three parents (68.52 per cent - 28,000) failed to get their first choice school.  The least successful parents were in Hammersmith and Fulham ( only 52.02 per cent).  Six per cent of pupils (around 5,000) did not get one of their top six preferences.

However councils argued that almost 3,000 additional pupils had been offered a place at one of their preferred schools compared with last year - because of a bulge in the birth rate.