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91 per cent of London pupils are offered a place at one of their top three schools

Released on 01 March 2013

Pan London Admissions Board

91 per cent of London pupils starting secondary school in September have been offered a place at one of their top three schools, with 71 per cent getting their first choice school, a five per cent increase on last year.

Figures released by the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Board show that 95 per cent of pupils in London have received a place at one of their six preferred schools. Parents who have not been allocated a place at one of their chosen schools have either been offered an alternative or will shortly be advised of their options.

A number of factors have an impact on the statistics. As all the schools a parent puts down on their form are considered equally, they may list a school their child is less likely to get into as their first preference and put their more realistic options lower down the list.  

In London, the proximity of schools and good public transport links mean that there is always more pupil movement across local authority boundaries than anywhere else in the country. So while some boroughs might not be offering as many first preferences to their residents as other authorities do, they may well be meeting a high proportion of first preferences of pupils from neighbouring boroughs. Local authorities are prohibited from giving their own residents priority for places in their schools.

Chair of the Pan London Admissions Board, Helen Jenner, said: “The London-wide system enables more parents to be allocated a school of their preference by a fairer distribution of available offers. 95 per cent of pupils have an offer from a school of their preference.

“We are fortunate that the quality of secondary education is higher in London than the rest of the country, with our children achieving well above national levels.

“It is important to emphasise that, however proficient the admission system is – and our arrangements in London are about as efficient and fair as it is possible to have – it cannot create extra places at the most popular schools.”


Notes to Editors:

For an explanation of how the scheme works and a breakdown of data showing how preferences were allocated across the capital, please see the attachment.

The Pan London Admissions Board has overall responsibility for the co-ordination scheme. Membership includes representatives of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services, the London Inter Authority Admissions Group and the London Grid for Learning.