Sutton among best in London for primary school place allocations

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council and the borough’s primary schools have once again achieved one of the highest preference rates in London for the allocation of primary school places. 

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

Despite an increase in applications this year, 96.7% of children were allocated one of their six preferences for a school place.  This is up from 96.2% last year. The London average is 95.53%. 

There were 2,667 applications this year and 84.1% got their first preference compared with the London average of 80.97%. Of those remaining, 7.7% achieved their second choice and 2.7% got their third choice allocation. 

In September, Sutton children will be starting at primary schools that have been consistently ranked among the best in the country for teaching and exam results. 

Research by the Department for Education (DfE) ranked the borough’s primary schools joint second in the country (87% of pupils) for attainment in level 4 reading, writing and maths combined.  

The council is still working closely with the parents who have not received a place for their child.  Further offers will be made next month.

Admissions law does not allow a local education authority to prioritise its own residents.  Schools make offers of places according to their criteria. If, for example, distance is one of those, then whoever lives closer gets the place, regardless of the borough they live in.

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