Official figures show that 4 in 10 Croydon children have been denied their first-choice secondary school place next September, one of the poorest allocations in the whole of London.
Hammersmith and Fulham had the lowest proportion of children receiving their top choice, at 57.5 per cent, while in Greenwich, 59.9 per cent secured their first preference.
Croydon’s 60.47 per cent figure comes at a time when the borough has closed or is closing long-established church secondaries – St Andrew’s and Virgo Fidelis – and has an over-supply of secondary school places.
According to figures from the pan-capital London Councils organisation, a slight fall in the number of those children getting their first preference school “is caused partly by delays to selective school tests due to disruption caused by the impact of covid-19 in the autumn term”.
London Councils said, “Usually families are informed of their child’s test score for a selective school before the admissions deadline and can take this into account in making their application. However, this year many selective schools could not confirm places until after the deadline.”
In London, parents of children going to secondary schools in September were sent their place offers by email or text yesterday evening.
The Pan London Admissions Scheme aims to ensure that parents receive a school place offer for their child at the school which is highest in their list of preferences for which they are eligible under the admissions criteria.
Figures from London Councils show that 60.47 per cent of Croydon children were given their first choice of secondary school, 15.51 per cent their second choice and 7.86 per cent third third choice. More than 8 per cent of Croydon children have been offered places at schools outside their first three choices.
In neighbouring Sutton, which has selective grammar schools, 66.23 per cent of children got their first-choice school. Bromley, which also has state grammars, 68.68 per cent of pupils were allocated their first-choice of secondary.
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