Waltham Forest parents were the most likely to secure their child a place at their first-choice secondary school in London.

Four out of five children in the borough have received a place in their first choice of school.

In the borough, 80.43 per cent of those who applied were offered their first preference, above the London average of 68.30 per cent and 6.34 per cent higher than last year’s 74.09 per cent.

Cllr Grace Williams, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “I am proud that we’ve been able to offer so many parents their first choice of school place for their children, I know many have been anxiously waiting to know the outcome of their applications. “I want to thank the admission team and their dedication, which was key to attaining this great result.

“Education is vital to helping our young people make the most of their life chances and setting them up for success. In Waltham Forest we have excellent, high-performing schools, so parents can be sure that their children are receiving high-quality education and the support they need to pick up the confidence and social skills required in their adult lives.”

Martin Pratt, spokesperson for the Pan London Admissions Board, said: “It is vital that all children in London have access to a high-quality education and London boroughs are working with local schools to respond to demand across the capital for both mainstream school places and those for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

“Today’s admissions figures show a 2 per cent increase in the proportion of children getting a place at their first choice or one of their top three schools, which is good news.

“In London, the Pan-London Admissions Scheme ensures that school places are distributed by local authorities in a transparent and impartial way, taking into account the number of places available at each school and eligibility criteria. “I can reassure parents that there are sufficient places in London schools to meet overall demand. We advise parents to read the details of their child’s offer carefully and consider their options fully before making a decision. Each London borough has an admissions team and staff are happy to help if they have any queries.”

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