Without wishing to downplay what is undoubtedly a stressful time for those not offered their first / second preference, I'm not sure that comparing the Southwark figures to national figures is a fair comparison.
In a lot of areas outside London boroughs parents simply don't have the breadth of choice of potential schools that we have here. I understand that 'choice' may not be the position some people are it, but by it I mean that there are a large number of schools within a reasonably small area given density of population.
A better comparison would really be to other London boroughs.
James Barber Wrote:
> Hi sarvester,
> After chasing via Lib Dem councillors I've
> obtained this for 'on time' applications for
> secondary school places:
> 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
> will be released at 5pm today.
> • All 3,048 of Southwark’s on-time secondary
> school, applicants have been offered a school
> place for September 2019.
> • 2,742 (90.0%) applicants have received a place
> at a secondary school of their first to sixth
> • 2,530 (83.0%) applicants have received a place
> at a secondary school of their first to third
> preference .
> • 1,813 (59.5% ) families received a first
> preference school.
> • 306 (10.0%) families without a preference have
> been offered an alternative school.
> • 3,042 (99.8%) of Southwark applicants submitted
> an on time online application this year.
> This doesn't compare will to London or England.
> Stats across councils and nationally will be
> available from April and summarised by Dept For
> Education in June -
> 2018 secondary school offer day 82.1% offered
> first choice secondary school in England vs. 59.5%
> this year in Southwark, 93.8% across England
> offered fist 1-3 choices vs. 83.0&% in Southwark.
> Was this what you were looking for?