There has been a drop in the number of families receiving a place at their top three secondary schools, following a rise in applications - new figures have revealed.

Devon County Council (DCC) announced more than 7,000 pupils applied for a place at schools across the county this year, increasing by 110 students from the previous year.

Due to the increase DCC saw a drop in the number of families offered one of their three preferences with 93.8 percent of families receiving either their first, second or third choice compared to the 98.2 percent in 2018.

James McInnes, DCC’s cabinet member for schools, said: “It is very gratifying that we have been able to accommodate nearly every child in one of their three preferred schools but it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to allocate places as it is the Government which is now responsible for overseeing and funding new schools and not the county council.

“It is a testament to the hard work of our admissions and school organisation teams and the partnership and co-operation we have received from the heads and governors of Devon’s secondary schools that we have been able to achieve these figures.

The top performing school in terms of progression last year was Colyton Grammar School in East Devon while Exmouth Community College had the largest amount of pupils at the end of key stage 4.