There is significant variation in the number of children being offered their first preference for primary school. Although the average from all of London is 87.9%, this ranges widely from 94% to 66% by borough.
Given your previous comments on the importance of providing a good school place for every child in London, would you please outline what it is that makes one borough more successful at awarding a first-choice primary school than another?
London has the largest volume of applications to schools nationally and there is a lot of movement across Local Authority boundaries. Some boroughs may not offer as many first preferences to their residents as other Local Authorities do, but they may be providing a high number of first preferences for pupils from surrounding boroughs. For example, a school near the border of two boroughs may admit more students from the neighbouring borough than from their own, which would be reflected in the statistics.
I again would like to stress the importance I place on every child in London having a good school place. There are enough school places to meet overall demand in London and the standard of education is very high, with 93% of schools being rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.