Secondary school place for every Merton family who applied this year.

Merton Council has been able to offer nearly 90 per cent of schoolchildren a place at one of their top three secondary school choices, and 94 per cent have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

Every Merton family who applied for a secondary place, starting this September, has been offered a place. The majority of applicants are set to join one of the borough’s secondary schools which are all rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Figures revealed today show that 88 per cent of Merton children have been offered a place in one of their top three preferred secondary schools, which is an increase compared to last year.   Two-thirds of Merton children were offered a place at their first-choice secondary school and 94 per cent a place at one of their six preferences.

After the unprecedented increase in applications for secondary school places for September 2019, demand for places remains just as high this year for the borough’s schools. Across London there was a 2 per cent decrease in the number of applications made for secondary school places compared to last year.

Merton was recently confirmed to be in the top three in the country for the progress pupils make between the ages of 11-16 in the Government’s Progress 8 scores based on schools’ GCSE results.

The council has been able to deliver sufficient places in this period of extra demand due to the opening of the new Harris Academy Wimbledon, which is scheduled to move to its new permanent site in South Wimbledon in September.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Adult Education, Councillor Eleanor Stringer said: “We are delighted to be able to offer all Merton children a school place on offer day, and places for so many children at their preferred secondary schools, despite increased demand for school places over the past few years.

“Merton is a great place for families and a key reason for this is the first-class learning opportunities we have in the borough.  We are hugely proud of the dedicated work at our secondary schools to ensure all pupils achieve their potential and are set up for great futures.

“Merton secondary schools are already in the top three in the whole country for the progress teenagers make, and we are committed to continue our work to further enhance the education offered for every Merton child.”

The council is reminding families that they do need to respond to secondary school offers of places by Monday 16 March and to visit its website School Admissions pages if they require further guidance on securing school places.