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More pupils in Westminster receive preferred secondary school choice

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Published: 1 March 2021

Secondary school places announced 

Children in Year 6 up and down the country will be finding out which secondary school they will be starting in September today.

In Westminster, 66.8% of children received their first choice of preferred secondary school, a 2.5% increase on last year.

There has also been an increase in the number of children receiving a place at one of their top three preferred secondary schools, rising from 85.2% to 87.8% this year. 

In total, 93.2% of children have been offered a place at one of their preferred secondary schools in Westminster, up from 91.4%.

Cllr Tim Barnes, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning, said:

“Despite the challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, staff have worked hard to ensure the majority of children are able to attend one of their preferred secondary schools in Westminster, with 93.2% of pupils receiving an offer at one of their named choices.

“Starting secondary school is an exciting and important time for any child, and I would like to wish them the best of luck as they get ready for their new chapter in September.”

For those who have yet to receive a place, movement on waiting lists, and parents/carers declining offers in favour of independent schools, will enable further offers to be made for schools of preference between the end of March and start of September.

For more information on school admissions, please visit our school admissions webpage