More than 90% receive school offers for preferred places in Southwark

Katherine Johnston (04 March, 2021)

'Our young people have had an incredibly tough twelve months as Covid-19 has taken a huge toll on education'

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More than ninety per cent of families have received school places at one of their preferred choices, says Southwark Council.

This year there were 39 fewer applications to secondaries overall and 216 not allocated a preferred place – a rise of nineteen compared with last year.

But overall the borough is in keeping with the London-wide average, with the majority gaining first choice offers – 64.8 per cent.

Councillor Jasmine Ali, cabinet member for children, young people and education, said: “Our young people have had an incredibly tough twelve months as Covid-19 has taken a huge toll on education.

“These figures show promise of a great new future ahead for Southwark’s children as they move up to secondary school, I am pleased that the majority of them will be going to their preferred school and I sincerely wish them every success in the next steps in their lives.

“We will support all families through the change of school process.”

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