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A record number of pupils will get a place at the secondary school in the county they wanted this year. Parents will find out today the results of their applications for places at the county’s secondary schools. Overall, Kent County Council said 13,159 – 81.4% – first choice applications were granted this year compared to 12,796 last year – 80.5%.

That is despite an increase in the number of applications made this year, which went up by more than 600 to 18,797. The number of children who have not got a place at any of the schools they applied for has fallen this year to 428 from 621 the previous year. There has been a small increase in the number of places allocated to those who do not live in Kent, which has risen to 803 from 757.

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