More pupils in Kingston get their first choice secondary school

76% of children in Kingston will attend their first choice secondary school this year, with Kingston now being the third highest London borough for offering children their preferred school place.

There were 1,642 applications for a school place to start in September 2017, compared to 1,709 in 2016. Of the 1,642 applications, 97% of children received one of their preferred choices and 95% received one of their top three preferred schools.

The figures mean that Kingston is now the third highest London borough for offering children their first choice, which has increased from sixth, last year.

Kingston has also continued to achieve above London averages for parental preference satisfaction.

Cllr Andrea Craig, Portfolio Holder for Schools at Kingston Council, said:

"I am delighted that so many pupils have been given their first choice. We are now third across London which is great news for parents and children in Kingston. Our secondary schools are extremely popular and their academic performance remains strong which means the number of people applying for places in the borough is increasing year on year. Kingston has consistently been able to offer most of those applying their preferred school and this is down to the hard work of our officers and shows that planning for future school places is key.”

Achieving for Children, which runs the council’s children’s services, will help the small number of children that have not been given their preference to look at the different options available.

Every year at the beginning of March, councils across the country announce their secondary school places. According to London Councils figures, for the thirteenth year running, London’s admissions system has enabled more children to be allocated a place at a secondary school of their preference. This year alone, 88,601 pupils in the capital applied for secondary school places through the London-wide admissions system and 68.15% of pupils received an offer from their first choice and 88.63% got a place at one of their top three schools.

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Notes to editors

The pan London admissions system started in 2005 with the aims of simplifying the application process for secondary school admissions and increasing the number of pupils who receive an offer from one of their preferred schools. Previously, parents had to fill out separate application forms for each local authority which handled admissions for their chosen schools. Neither the offers, nor the dates on which the offers were made, were coordinated between authorities.