Stoke-on-Trent’s top school was so oversubscribed that a third of families putting it as their first choice had to be turned away.
Just 63 per cent of pupils applying to St Joseph’s College, in Trent Vale, were offered a Year 7 place for this September.
The grammar school prioritises practising Catholics and all applicants also have to pass an entrance exam to secure a place. Despite its popularity, St Joseph’s is limited to offering only 149 places a year.
A new analysis of school applications shows it attracted 1.3 first preferences for each place this year – with 230 in total. Of those who put the school as their first pick, only 145 were successful.
In the primary sector, Stoke-on-Trent’s most popular school this year was Harpfield Primary Academy, in Hartshill. Just 74 per cent of those who named it as their first choice got offered a place there.
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In Staffordshire, the most oversubscribed primary school was Thomas Barnes Primary, in Hopwas, near Tamworth. Nearly half of families who put it as their first preference missed out on a place.
The figures are based on data for ‘national offer day’ and are collated by the Department for Education.