More pupils get secondary school of choice in Tower Hamlets

More pupils in Tower Hamlets have got a place at their first choice secondary school this September than in the rest of London.

Some 86 per cent of 10 and 11-year-olds were offered their chosen school, making the borough the fourth best performing in the capital.

The London average was 79 per cent getting their preferred choice.

A total of 95 per cent of families got a place at one of their top three schools in Tower Hamlets.

This year a new plan, the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme, was introduced to overlook allocation across London.

The town hall’s children, schools and families chief Isobel Cattermole said: “The scheme has led to a fairer distribution of available offers and resulted in more parents getting an offer from one of their chosen schools at the earliest stage.”

As part of the new scheme parents fill in a single application form listing up to six schools in any borough of their choice.