HUNDREDS of local youngsters have missed out on their chosen secondary school in Kirklees.
Figures released by the council show that 144 children did not get a place at any of their first three choices.
All those have been allocated places in schools by council officials.
And 751 children were not allocated their first-choice school in the latest round of admissions.
Now many of their parents are expected to lodge appeals to try and reverse the decision.
Families across Kirklees and nationwide received letters this week informing them whether their child had got a place at their chosen secondary school.
But the new figures show around 15% of families have been disappointed.
The figure is a slight improvement on last year, when the number missing out was 17%.
Figures released by Kirklees Council showed a total of 5,102 children seeking a place at a secondary school in Kirklees.
Of these 4,351 were given their first choice, 483 got their second choice and 124 received their third choice allocation.
Parents have until March 22 to lodge an appeal against the decision and appeal hearings are held between May and July.
Across Yorkshire, 4,938 pupils did not get a place in their first choice secondary in the next academic year and 1,272 were not offered a place at any of their preferred schools.
The figures are based on responses from councils in Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Hull, Leeds, North Yorkshire, Sheffield, Rotherham and Wakefield.
The national figures are due out within days but last year, almost one in six 10 and 11-year-olds missed out on their top choice of school nationally.
Of the 546,744 youngsters allocated places at secondary schools for last September nearly 92,000 failed to get their preferred option.
Schools Minister Diana Johnson said: “Parents now have more choice because there are undeniably more good schools, and standards have gone up across the board.
“The vast majority of parents get a place at their preferred school, most at their first preference.
“The mandatory School Admissions Code gives children a fair chance of getting into a school of their choice, regardless of background.
“It means all admission policies must be fair, clear and objective.
“The tiny number of appeals heard compared to the overall number of admissions shows the system is working for the vast majority.”