London schoolchildren are most mobile in the country

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

More London pupils cross council boundaries to attend school than anywhere else in England, according to London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London.

More than 136,000 pupils educated in the capital are being taught at a school outside of the local authority they live in, 13 per cent of the total. This is double the proportion of pupils who cross council boundaries to attend school or college in England as a whole.

This figure includes more than 80,000 secondary school students, 20 per cent of London’s secondary school population. This is more than double the 9 per cent of secondary school students in England who do this.

In Greater Manchester, which is an urban area comparable with London, 22,474 pupils attend a school outside the local authority they live in, 6 per cent of the total number of pupils being educated there. 

Cllr Peter John, London Councils’ Executive member for children, skills and employment, said:

“London’s schools are the best performing in the country and the capital’s extensive transport network means that parents have the option to choose the right school for their child no matter where they live. As a result, London pupils are more likely to travel across a council boundary to attend school.

“As the government seeks to review school funding, it is of paramount importance that no child in London is disadvantaged by reforms. High cross-border movement is just one example of how unique and complex London’s education system is.”

London currently receives 18 per cent of the government’s dedicated schools grant schools block funding, the highest proportion of any region in England. There are also more than one million pupils receiving education in London, more than any other region. 

In November 2015 the government announced plans to introduce a new funding formula for schools, which will be consulted on later this year.