Mystery, 4% is a huge dip.
That is a significant swing, previous years the % of bucks children securing places at bucks schools has been reducing by 1-2 % each year. Include this year's predictions and this amounts to 10% over 5 years.
However I am fairly sure the 4% included the many (50%+ from previous year) successful reviews and the very few successful appeals, so on that basis the number of seats secured should not have taken such a dramatic kick as the article suggests. The professional time, money and parental stress of the reviews could have been avoided though.
Plus, just a thought, but are children of more deprived, less academic natured parents, less likely to have requested a review?....it has to come from the parent,so again these kids may lose out.