NEARLY all students have been offered a place at one of their top three choices of secondary schools.
This year, 92 per cent of Harrow pupils have been offered a place at one of their top three choices of secondary schools and 71 per cent offered their first choice.
These figures are an improvement from last year where only 69 per cent of pupils in the borough were offered their first choice and 88 per cent were offered a place at one of their top three choices.
Harrow Council portfolio holder for children, schools and families, councillor Mitzi Green, said: “I am pleased that we are able to offer so many children either their top choice or one of their top three preferred schools. Schools in Harrow are popular and some heavily over-subscribed and it is important that we have a fair admissions system.”
The number of applications for year seven places has increased – 2,329 on-time applications were received by Harrow Council. Last year, 2,303 applications were received.
Parents whose children were not allocated a place at one of their preferred schools in September have been offered a place at an alternative school.
The borough’s figures are similar to the London-wide average, where 91 per cent of pupils have been offered a place at one of their top three schools and 71 per cent their first choice.
Councillor Mitzi Green added: “For young people who got a place at one of Harrow’s secondary schools, they and their parents can be assured that they will receive a high quality education, and we wish them well for their future.”
A co-ordinated admissions scheme operates throughout the capital which simplifies the application process for secondary school admissions and increases the number of pupils who receive an offer from one of their preferred schools. Parents fill in a single application form even if they are applying to schools in more than one borough.