Tower Hamlets once again has one of London’s best records for offering pupils starting secondary school a place at their first-choice school.
The figure, of 74 per cent*, is the eighth highest in London. The London average this year is 68* per cent.
Overall, 94* per cent of pupils gained a place at one of their top three choice schools in Tower Hamlets under the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman said: “This is a particularly impressive achievement because of how sought-after our schools are.
“Tower Hamlets has a reputation for educational excellence and in recent years we have rebuilt or refurbished all of our secondary schools. Parents rightly want their children to be educated here.”
There is a rising need for school places in Tower Hamlets, as there is across the whole of London. There were 56 more children requesting places in the borough this year compared to last year. Tower Hamlets has a coordinated school expansion programme to ensure it can cope with rising demand.
Councillor Gulam Robbani, cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “We are delighted that so many families have been able to secure a school of their choice in the borough.
“This shows that the huge effort and investment that has gone into increasing our schools’ capacity has matched the improvement they have made in results. Congratulations to all involved.”
This is the 11th year that the Pan-London admissions system has been in effect, allowing more parents to be allocated a secondary school of their choice by a fairer distribution of available offers. Parents fill out a single application form which is then shared between different London boroughs.