First-choice success for Merton school places
Merton has bucked the trend as parents across south London struggle to get their children a place in their first choice of primary school.
Four in five parents were successful in their first choice of primary school for their child, just above the London average of 79 per cent.
That compares with five out of six south-west London boroughs that were below the average for first-choices being secured, according to figures released by the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.
The figures are:
- 1st preference offers: 2,118 (81 per cent)
- 2nd preference offers: 213(8 per cent)
- 3rd preference offers: 79 (3 per cent)
- 4th preference offers: 22 (0.84 per cent)
- 5th preference offers: 12 (0.45 per cent)
- 6th preference offers: 5 (0.23 per cent)
- No offers: 178 (7 per cent)
Merton Council’s former education spokesman, who was sacked last week for bringing the council into disrepute, was praised by the leader of the council after pursuing an aggressive school expansion policy.
Councillor Peter Walker said: “I am pleased that my policy of expanding good and outstanding local primary schools in Merton appears to be paying off.
“[Merton] also easily out performs adjacent south-west London Boroughs which are having the same significant increase in the number of children applying to enter our schools.”
Coun Walker’s replacement, Coun Maxi Martin, added: “I urge those parents who have not yet received an offer to ensure they use all their available preferences for schools on their application forms in time for the second round.”