Over 80% get first choice primary school place

Latest school admissions figures from the Pan-London Admissions Board show Merton to be in the top three south London boroughs offering parents their first choice of primary school.

Figures released by London Councils reveal Merton providing 81.45% of parents their first school preference. This compares favourably with neighbouring boroughs Wandsworth (73.06%), Croydon (77.95%), Kingston-upon-Thames (78.61%), Lambeth (81.73%) and Sutton (82.97%). Statistics show a further increase in the number of parents offered their preferred school compared with 2012.

Two thousand six hundred and thirty-six children have been provided a place in Merton’s schools ready to start the new school year in September 2013, with 92% being offered one of their top three preferences, and 94% offered a preferred school.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “The figures show that demand for primary school places shows no sign of let up with a 40% increase in the primary school reception year roll since 2006. The expansion programme has enabled 540 extra places to be offered this year compared to 2007. We have been able to offer over 80% their first choice in primary school as we are determined to offer excellent education to our children at schools local to where they live. However, we are not complacent, and recognise that demand is forecast to rise further which will require additional forms of entry and investment in our schools.”

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About the London Borough of Merton

An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.

Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.

In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.