19th of April, 2016
FindASchool by 192.com exclusively reveals that almost half of all secondary schools are now oversubscribed
School admissions website FindASchool by 192.com has discovered that just over 47% of secondary schools in England were oversubscribed in 2015
- 47% of secondary schools in England where oversubscribed in 2015
- This represents a 10% increase in the number of oversubscribed secondary schools relative to the previous year
- On average 15% of children do not get a place at their preferred school
School admissions website FindASchool by 192.com has discovered that just over 47% of secondary schools in England were oversubscribed in 2015. This represents an increase of almost 10% compared to the previous year. This is as a result of the population growth that has been affecting primary schools over the past few years which is now starting to affect secondary school admissions.
FindASchool by 192.com can exclusively reveal that in 2014 43% of secondary schools were oversubscribed, last year that figure increased to 47% which is over 1,500 schools within the UK.
Parent and co-founder of FindASchool Ed Rushton commented;
"The increase is no surprise given the growing school age population. To date the effects have been felt mainly in the primary sector, but the rising demand for places is now starting to affect secondary schools."
"FindASchool is the only organisation - either public or private - to collect this data on a national basis. We have offered to share our findings with the Department of Education as the information shows you which areas are most in demand, and therefore ought to be an important input to the decisions about where to locate new schools, and where to build extra capacity at existing schools."
The rise in the number of oversubscribed schools and the shrinking of successful admissions areas, in one case to a distance of just 180 metres, means that the choice of secondary school is restricted for many parents. This may be exacerbated by the admission criteria used by the allocate places: for example, if siblings are given priority regardless of where they live, then relatively few places may be left to be allocated to children on the basis of home to school distance. A similar pattern of admissions is found in schools which give priority to children attending certain feeder primary schools: relatively few places are left available to children who live close to the school, leading to ever smaller successful admissions areas.
As secondary school places are allocated this week (1st March), FindASchool by 192.com predicts that as many as 1 in 6 children will not get their first choice of secondary school. As the pressure from the increase numbers of students applying and the continued introduction of complex and confusing admissions criteria puts an increase strain in the admissions system.
You can find information about schools admissions criteria by visiting FindASchool: http://www.192.com/schools. The service is free to use and crucially, for parents, it gives them the successful admissions area and a summary of the admission criteria. For example, it will tell parents whether a school gives priority to children attending a feeder school, if siblings have priority, or if faith is a factor and the catchment area. All of this information can help parents make a more informed decision and avoid disappointment.
Notes to Editors:
Pupils not qualifying under any other criterion would have needed to live within 1km of the following set of schools to get place in 2015:
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About FindASchool by 192.com
FindASchool is the latest service from 192.com, the UK's leading online directory. Launched in November 2015, FindASchool is a tool to help parents research and understand their chances of getting a place at the school of their choice - the definitive guide to school admissions and more. It is designed to help parents make decisions on school applications by presenting all the information they need in one place, and by showing where they would have needed to live to get in to a school in previous years.
Co-founder Dominic Blackburn is available for interview between the 26th of Feb and 5th of March 2016 to talk about secondary school admissions and FindASchool.
For further information contact Simon Kelman on 075844 35116 or 0207 9092151