There are 350 pupils who have not been placed in any of their chosen secondary schools in Leeds despite council bosses offering parents five options for the first time this year to make the system more flexible.
National Offer Day saw parents and pupils across the city discover which school they have been allocated to in September.
More than 1,200 pupils - around 16 per cent of those applying - missed out on their first choice school yesterday.
Leeds City Council said 84 per cent of applicants, 6,500 in total, had been placed in their top school. This figure rises to 87 per cent when only Leeds residents are included.
Figures show 659, nine per cent, were given their second preference, 155, two per cent, were given their third preference while 33 pupils were allocated their fourth choice and another 10 were given their fifth.
The 350 pupils who were not allocated any of their chosen schools represent around four per cent of those who applied.
Leeds City Council said its admissions team is now working hard with families to agree alternative places for all children who did not get any of their preferences. Families are recommended to always include their nearest school as one of their preferences and to make sure they use all five preferences to get the best chance.
Coun Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services, said: “For parents and carers, choosing which secondary school for their children is one of the most important decisions they will make and I am pleased that so many children and young people will be attending their first preference school.
“In a very difficult environment, this is encouraging progress.”