A total of 96 per cent of children in Bromley were offered a place at one of their preferred secondary schools for September, which is above the London average of 92 per cent, recent figures have revealed.
The data, which was released by the Pan London Admissions Board, also showed that 91 per cent of children in the borough were offered one of their top three choices, with 73 per cent achieving their first preference. These figures are also above the London average of 86 per cent and 66 per cent respectively.
This is also against a background of an increase in applications of 80 places from last year. Bromley Council say that the small number of applicants who did not receive any of their six preferences have been offered alternative schools, meaning that all on-time applicants to Bromley schools have received a place.
Councillor Peter Fortune, executive member for children and families, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Bromley has been able to improve on what were already very impressive figures last year, despite a significant increase in demand. Even more young people will get one of their preferences than last year with a very pleasing proportion getting one of their top three choices; much higher than the London average.
“We continue to work hard behind the scenes to meet the demanding challenges of providing sufficient school places to meet increasing demand so that year-in-year-out we are able to offer every on-time applicant a school place.
“We’re incredibly proud of our young people and the quality of the education they receive in Bromley. Best of luck to all those transferring to secondary school in September and I look forward to hearing about their achievements in the future.”