Borough sees London's fourth highest increase in applicants
More than 88% of children applying for Merton's secondary schools have a place in one of their top three preferences, according to the borough council.
Merton, which saw the fourth highest increase in applications for secondary school places in London this year, said more than 62% received a place at their first preference.
In preparation for having to accommodate rising numbers of children in the borough’s schools over the coming years, the council is currently working on expansions to Cricket Green special school, Harris Merton, Harris Morden and St. Marks Academy. It is also working with the Harris Federation for a new school to serve the Wimbledon area, for which a decision from the Secretary of State is expected this month.
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We are delighted that we have managed to secure places at secondary schools across the borough for all our children, and that nearly 90% of families received one of their top three choices. We remain committed to ensuring all our school children are able to learn at our best schools, and in a time of rising demand for secondary school places, we are working on expanding our schools and on new provision over the next five years."March 4, 2015