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Competition for popular state school places 'at fever pitch'

Fri 01 Mar 2013

Competition for places at popular state schools is extremely strong at the moment, new data has revealed.

Official figures published in the Telegraph indicate that the economic slump has deterred some parents from putting their children through private education.

As a result, many are turning towards the best performing secondary schools instead, including state grammars and academies.

This means lots of these schools may be unable to satisfy everyone's first choice, so a high proportion of children may end up missing out and be forced to go elsewhere.

Commenting on the trend, Janette Wallis of The Good Schools Guide said competition for places at the country's most popular state schools is now "at fever pitch".

She said that while lots of parents would have taken the option of going private in "rosier times", they are now "joining the throngs rapping at the school gates for places".

Estimates suggest that as many as one in six children may fail to secure a place at their first-choice school.

Theresa Kerr, a solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood, commented: "Over the next few weeks, parents will learn whether their children have been accepted into their preferred school.  Once again, we anticipate that many popular schools will be required to arrange appeal hearings as the application of their admissions policies comes under scrutiny from unsuccessful applicants.  This remains a challenging issue for the government to address.”

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