Every Croydon child who applied on time to start secondary school from this September has received an offer.
This year the council has received 150 more secondary school applications than last year; this 4% rise is equivalent to five extra 30-pupil classes. A further three extra classes’ worth of applications for year 7 secondary places have also arrived since the closing date in October.
Despite this overall increase in demand to a total of 4,128 new secondary pupils, 89% of parents and carers received an offer for their child to attend one of their top three school preferences, and 66% got their first choice.
“Croydon has had exceptional demand for extra primary school places for several years, and this is now creating more demand for secondary school places.
“I am delighted that so many parents will receive such good news about their son or daughter’s school place despite the increase in applications.
“The council is one of only three London boroughs to have achieved 100% online applications in both primary and secondary admission rounds, and I’d like to thank all the parents who applied this year for helping us make the switch to applying online.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
Parents of children starting primary school from September who applied before the October 2014 deadline will receive an offer on 16 April.