he variety of London youngsters supplied a spot at their most well-liked secondary college has dropped this 12 months, partly as a result of entrance checks for grammars have been disrupted by the pandemic.
New figures present simply 66 per cent of pupils have been immediately supplied a spot at their best choice college, which is 2 per cent fewer than final 12 months.
It comes after the outcomes of selective college entrance checks have been delayed so dad and mom needed to apply for secondary locations earlier than the outcomes of the 11+ check have been identified. If a baby put a grammar college as their best choice however didn’t go the doorway check, they might be recorded as having their second choice college, or decrease.
Greater than 6,200 pupils — seven per cent — didn’t get a spot at any of the faculties on their listing. Of these, 428 didn’t get a proposal at any college.
Elizabeth Campbell, London Councils’ Govt member for Colleges and Youngsters’s Providers, stated: “We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered delays to some selective college checks and it will have contributed to the slight lower in total choice figures.
“London boroughs are working with native faculties to reply to demand throughout the capital for college locations and can proceed to work diligently with lecturers to make sure pupils have the emotional and social help they should transition to secondary training as easily as potential.”
Beneath the admissions scheme all six college decisions are thought-about equally and youngsters are given a spot on the highest choice college they’re eligible for.
So if a grammar college applicant missed out on their first choice college they might nonetheless get their second selection in the event that they have been eligible.
General, 87 per cent of London pupils have been supplied a spot at one in all their prime three decisions of secondary college, a one per cent lower from final 12 months.