Ninety-two per cent of Reading students have been offered a place in one of their preferred secondary schools this year.

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has ensured that every secondary school pupil in Reading has a place for September despite strong competition.

The percentage who received their first or second preference is 85% compared with 84% last year. Ninety per cent were offered their first, second or third choice, which was the same as the previous year.

There was an increase in the percentage of pupils offered their first preference from 67% to 69%.

The percentage of students not allocated any of their preferences remained at 7%.

Deborah Glassbrook, Executive Director of Children’s Services at BFfC, said: “We have worked closely with Reading’s secondary schools to ensure every student has a school place, and 92 per cent of children will be going to one of their preferred schools.

“I would like to send best wishes to all the young people who will be experiencing the excitement of starting in their new school in September.

“I would also like to thank all Reading schools for their incredible hard work during challenging times over the last two years.

“We will continue to work with our colleagues at Reading Borough Council, neighbouring local authorities, academy trusts and the Department for Education, to provide more school places to meet demand in the future.”

The percentage of pupils allocated to school outside Reading was 28%, which is the same as last year.