All Sutton children offered a primary school place

All Sutton residents have been offered a primary school place for their child, with more than 95 per cent being offered one of their preferred schools, despite there being more applications than last year.

Parents in the borough have been told which primary schools have made offers of places for their children for the September intake. 

Even though there were 44 more applications for primary school places this year than in 2015, 95.87 per cent of children have been allocated one of their six preferences for a school place in Sutton.

There were 2,711 applications for places this year compared with 2,667 in 2015.  Of these, 83.18 per cent got their first preference and 93.69 per cent of the children are getting a place at one of their top three primary schools.

In September, Sutton’s children will start at primary schools that have been consistently ranked by the Government as being among the best in England for teaching and exam results.

The most recent research by the Department for Education ranks Sutton primary schools joint third highest in the country for pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and mathematics. The only boroughs in England to rank higher than Sutton are Kensington and Chelsea (91 per cent) and Richmond upon Thames (88 per cent).  Sutton, at 87 per cent, tied in third place with Greenwich and Redcar and Cleveland boroughs. 

Cllr Wendy Mathys, the Lib Dem Chair of Sutton Council’s Children, Family and Education Committee, said:  “We have worked together with our primary schools to ensure there are sufficient places for all our borough children. Parents can be assured that their children will receive a high standard of education from our borough primary schools, which are ranked third highest in England.”

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