The London Borough of Sutton has one of the highest success rates in London in offering students a place at a school of their their choice.
Parents in the borough last week were told which schools have made offers of places for the September intake.
In spite of a 5% increase in applications this year, 97% of students received a preference school – which is above the London average of 93.5%.
In a repeat of last year, 75% got their first preference which is above the London average of 68%. For students’ top three preference offers, Sutton achieved 93% against 88.4% for the London average.
A key factor in this has been the Liberal Democrat council’s work with schools in expanding the number of school places. In September, those children will be starting schools officially ranked as being among the best in the country for teaching and examination results.
The small minority of families who do not have an offer of a preferred school are being advised to reconsider all local schools and add these to their applications before further offers are made later this month.
Cllr Wendy Mathys, Lib Dem Chair of the Children, Family and Education Committee, said: “Preference offers for Sutton residents this year are well above the London averages. We have worked hard with our secondary schools to match last year’s figure in spite the 5% increase in applications this year.
“Sutton has an increasing population of children who have reached, or are close to, secondary school age. This is why we have a school expansion programme that will deliver the extra places we need through new and existing schools.
“Part of that increased demand is down to Sutton’s excellent schools which makes the borough an increasingly popular place to raise a family.”