ASCL comment on school place offers

13 June 2019

Commenting on statistics published today about applications and offers for school places, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“The fact that more families have missed out on their preferred choice of secondary schools this year is a sign of the pressure on the system as pupil numbers rise. This is likely to intensify over the next five years because the number of secondary school pupils is expected to increase by another 376,000.

“Additional school places will need to be planned carefully to match demographic need. But this is only one part of the picture. We must ensure every family is able to access a place in a good local school wherever they live, and that they don’t feel the need to chase places in over-subscribed schools.

“The vital ingredients for success are more support for struggling schools, improved funding from the government, and more action to tackle the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. We must make every school the preferred choice of families.”