Record numbers of secondary school places offered

Record numbers of students have been offered their top preferences for Merton’s secondaries in a year which has seen the borough’s schools more popular than ever.

Figures revealed today show that 85.5 per cent of Merton children have been offered a place in one of their top three preferred secondary schools.  Two-thirds of Merton children were offered a place at their first choice secondary school and 93 per cent a place at one of their six preferences.

This year has seen more families requesting Merton schools as their top choices from both inside and outside the borough. Although Merton Council has been working to meet the rising popularity of its secondary schools, which are all rated ‘Good’ or  ‘Outstanding’  by Ofsted, a small number of applicants have yet to be given an offer. The Council is reassuring all families involved that it will be working to ensure that there will be a Merton secondary school place for every Merton child who wants one.

The new Harris Wimbledon Academy opened its doors last September as part of the council’s plans to cater for the boom in secondary age children in the borough, and alongside its neighbouring schools, it is fully subscribed.

Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “Merton schools are deservedly more popular than ever with more and more families choosing them as their top preferences for their children. Our state secondary schools are in the top 10 per cent in the country for the progress young people make between the ages of 11-16, and all our schools are ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’.

“We would like to remind parents that they should respond to their offer by 15 March and that our School Admissions website gives further details to parents in different circumstances on what to do next.  We would like to reassure everyone that we are working hard to make sure there will be a secondary school place for every Merton child who wants one,  before the new school year starts in September.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Although there was a similar number of resident admissions applications to last year there was a significant rise in families including Merton Schools as their top preference choices.
  • Parents are requested to notify the council of their intention to take up their offers as soon as possible especially if they wish to take up an offer from an independent school instead.
  • Applications for secondary places are made via the pan-London Admissions scheme. Families fill in a single application form even if they are applying to schools in more than one borough. They can put down up to six schools in order of preference and submit the form to the borough where they live. Applications are considered by schools in line with their published admission criteria.