by Marco Cillario Thu 21 April 2016, 4:08 pm
Waltham Forest is the best area in London for children obtaining places in their first choice secondary schools, according to recent data.
Information released by the Pan-London Admissions Board for National Offer Day on 1 March showed that 81% of young people applying for 2016-17 were given a place in the school they had indicated as their first choice – the highest in the capital. The average for London was 69%.
“Being the best-performing council in London in this area is not only good news for our hard-working education officers, but most importantly it’s great news for local families, who can rest assured that we’re doing all we can to enable their children to continue learning and developing at a school of their choice,” said Councillor Mark Rusling, cabinet member for children and young people.
Waltham Forest also topped the table in the capital for offering children a place at one of their six preferred secondary schools: the borough’s figure, 98%, is five points above the London average.
Rusling added: “We will continue doing what we can to ensure we have enough places to meet demand, despite the government’s restrictions, which ban us from opening new schools.”
There were 2,950 year seven places available in the borough for the next academic year, and the council received 2,573 on-time applications.
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