To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in England were offered a place at their first choice of secondary school but did not take up that place in each of the last five years.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many looked-after children in England were not offered a place at their first choice of secondary school in each of the last five years.
The Department publishes figures annually on the applications and offers made for a secondary or primary school place through the coordinated admissions process. Offers are made on the respective national offer days of 1 March (secondary) and 16 April (primary).
The collection records the offers made on national offer day, by whether that offer was of the applicant’s first preference, second preference etc. It does not record whether the offer was accepted or refused.
The school admissions code requires schools to set an oversubscription criteria and to give the highest priority to looked after and previously looked after children. However, the criteria under which an offer was made is not collected.
Figures for the number of applicants receiving, an offer of their first preference school, or an offer of one of their top three preference school for the last five years are attached.
 Published in the underlying data of the annual statistical release ‘Secondary and primary school applications and offers’ available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-applications.