Almost 1,000 children in Brighton Schools have requested to move schools in the last two years, with many asking to do so because they are being bullied – a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Other reasons of the 953 who requested the moves include religious reasons, being unhappy at the school or simply because they have been moving house.

The Argus in Brighton, reports:

A CHILD is forced to look for a new secondary school in Brighton and Hove more than once in every three school days because of bullying.

More than 130 secondary school pupils cited bullying as the reason they wanted to move to a new school in the city in the last two academic years.

Figures obtained by The Argus under Freedom of Information rules also show that the number of bullied children looking to change schools had increased by 20% in 2011/12 from the previous year.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.