Nearly two thirds of new secondary school pupils in Croydon have been offered a place at their preferred school this year.
Despite more applications being submitted this year 63% of applicants, 2,976 pupils, were offered a space at their preferred school. Last year 62% of applicants, 2,854 pupils, were offered a space at their most preferred school.
In total 85% of applicants have been offered a space at one of their top three schools.
With the largest population of young people in London, Croydon processes more school applications than any other London borough.
Careful planning by the council meant every pupil applying on time was offered a secondary school place. For the third year running, 100% of Croydon’s applicants applied online.
“I’m really pleased that so many pupils have a place at a top preference school this year. I wish all of our young people, all the very best, as they start this exciting stage of their journey.
“I strongly believe every young person deserves an excellent education and I’m glad that more than 90% of Croydon’s secondary schools have been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.
“We are continuing to invest in our schools to create state-of-the-art learning environments, where young people can express their creativity and reach their full potential, so they can choose their future, and access the many opportunities our borough has to offer.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning