This problem will not be unique to my area! I have been helping friends who have just moved into this LA to apply for school places for their daughters - both secondary. Talking to one of the school admissions' officers while the parents completed the forms, she said they had had 2000 applications for school places over the summer. That's 2000 additional school places to find, out of the normal application and allocation windows. I realise that some people may have moved out of the county, but the rate of house-building means movement is almost entirely one way. We're an average sized county, a few towns, and many, many small villages - no different from many other shires. We're on the edges of London commuterland (takes an hour or so by train). So I imagine this is being replicated across much of England. And we are desperately short of secondary places especially. In 2016, with 40,000 new houses to be built by 2021, there were plans for 26 new schools across the county, 5 of which were to be secondary. That would still leave the county 4 schools short. I won't even go there with staffing....... One of my friends' daughters has been allocated a place at an inadequate school 4 miles away across town, involving a bus into the centre and a bus out. Her parents have no car. We are still waiting to hear about the older girl - I guess she may be placed in a different school. But 2000 places to find over the summer!!!