94% of pupils get one of their preferred secondary school choices in Kingston

94% of children in the borough have been offered one of their preferred secondary schools with 90% getting their first, second or third choice this year - higher than last year (87%).

A total of 1,853 Kingston children applied for secondary school for September 2020 - 3% less than for September 2019. 72% have been offered their first preference compared with 70% last year.

The number of children who have not been offered a preference school that their parents stated on their application is down compared to last year - 103 (6%). Last year the number was 145 (8%). 

Cllr Diane White, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children's Services including Education, said:

“I am delighted that yet again so many pupils have been given their first choice. This is very good news for children and parents in Kingston. Our secondary schools are extremely popular and their academic performance remains strong. 

“I understand the disappointment of those not receiving an offer of a preferred school at this initial stage, but this is only the beginning of the allocation process. I would like to reassure the children who have not yet secured an offer that they will be placed as soon as possible.”

Parents who applied online will be able to access their outcomes on the evening of 2 March. All except those who applied online and have a first preference offer, will be sent an outcome letter with accompanying notes by first class post on 2 March.

The parents of those who have not been offered a place at this initial stage of the process, will be supported by Achieving for Children (AfC), who run the Council’s Children’s Services, to find a place as quickly as possible. As parents accept or decline their offers over the next few weeks and months, it is anticipated that all children without an initial offer will be placed from waiting lists as soon as possible.

Every year at the beginning of March, councils across the country announce their secondary school places. According to London Councils figures, London’s admissions system has enabled more children to be allocated a place at a secondary school of their preference. This year alone, 93,359 applications were received and 68% of pupils received an offer from their first choice and 94% got a place at one of their top three schools.