Today is National Offer Day, and as councils across the country write to families to tell them which secondary school their children will go to in September.
Reports claim that up to 18 of pupils in Manchester and Essex will not get their preferred option, whilst 94.9 of kids will not be offered their preferred choice of secondary.
Speaking to the Guardian, Westminster council blamed the battle for places in the capital on a rise in birth rates, increased immigration and parents changing from private schools to state sector because of the recession.
But as many parents blamed the systems used to allocate pupils to schools, Chris Keirnan of the Pan London Admissions Board told The Mirror: 'However proficient the admission system is, it cannot create additional places.'
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