According to an analysis of government data regarding education, England’s students are likely to fail their first choice of schools. The problem is expected to get worse in the coming years with the increased number of 16,000 applicants. An increasing number of parents in England have failed to secure their children a place in their initial school of choice.
According to the Good Schools Guide, 90,000 children are unlikely to be part of their first choice school. Data from the previous year reveals that 84.1% of students attended school in their secondary choice. Official data from Birmingham, Bradford, Liverpool and Slough revealed authorities did not qualify about 25% of applicants for first choice schools, in London, 69% of applicants had received their first choice school.
According to Good Schools Guide Chief Bernadette John, parents are gravely disappointed with the school offers authorities had given their children. John said there is more than just academics that could fit a child’s personality and educational temperance. She said children might not do so well in a highly-academic school compared to those who are used to such.
Sutton Trust’s research reveals that poorer students are unlikely to win positions in top state schools. According to the charity, the wealthier parents and influence of such parents could win their children slots in coveted schools. The Trust also revealed that Faith or Orthodox schools are most selective of students despite their students performing well against academics.