Information sent by my ward Colleague, Cllr Victoria Mills
I am pleased to confirm that the LA has once again been able to offer a secondary school place to every on time Southwark applicant for the new academic year in September. This year, we received a total of 2,931 on time, secondary school applications from Southwark families which is an increase of 141 applications compared to last year and the highest number received since our records began in 2009.
2,701 (92.2%) Southwark families have received a secondary school place of their preference through the coordinated admissions process, the remaining 228 families have been allocated an alternative school place. At 5pm today (1 March 2018), Southwark families will have received an email from the eAdmissions system which will confirm their child’s offer and provide information on what to do next. The email will have been sent to the same email address that was used by the parent/carer when registering to apply online. Families will also be able to find out the outcome of their application by logging into the eAdmissions website using their unique user name and password from after 5pm today.
Transition to secondary school is an exciting time for families - we recognise however, families that did not receive a school of their preference and have been allocated an alternative school, often have additional queries and/or support needs to help them through the change of school process. A personalised email from the admissions team with details of the alternative school allocated has also been sent today to each of these families, informing them that our phone lines will be open up until 7pm this evening should they wish to contact us to raise any queries or discuss their options directly with an admissions officer.
Secondary school admission - 2018 headlines:
The data below relates to Southwark residents only and will be used to produce London-wide statistics that form the basis of the Pan London press statement, coordinated by London Councils, that was released today.
• All 2,931 of Southwark’s on-time secondary school applicants have been offered a school place for September 2018
• 2,701 (92.2%) applicants have received a place at a secondary school of their first to sixth preference
• 2,498 (85.2%) applicants have received a place at a secondary school of their first to third preference
• 1,749 (59.7% ) families received a first preference school
• 228 (7.8%) families without a preference have been offered an alternative school
• 2,921 (99.5%) of Southwark applicants applied online this year
Please also note that our school admissions officers will be holding a drop in admission surgery for families that want to meet to discuss their secondary admission options face to face. The surgery will take place at Cambridge House on a first come, first served basis on 2 March 2018. Families can also find further information on waiting lists, appeals and a list of frequently asked questions on Southwark Council’s website at:
Cllr Renata Hamvas
Labour Councillor For Peckham Rye Ward
4th Thursday of each month (3rd in December), 6.30-7.30pm Nunhead Library, Gordon Rd SE15