Only two thirds of children get their first choice of secondary school

Image above: Students at Chiswick School

Children going up from primary to secondary school found out on Monday 1 March whether they had received their first choice of school.

Two out of three children in LB Hounslow did get their first choice, in line with the figures for London as a whole. That means a third didn’t get their first choice, which is a sign of the pressure schools are coming under due to the rise in the school age population.

In LB Hammersmith & Fulham only 57.5% got their top choice, the lowest success rate in London, according to the figures from the Pan London Admissions Board.

Chiswick School added an extra Year 7 class last year to cope with demand. This is not only a reaction to a rising school age population but also a response to the school’s success since Laura Ellener took over as head teacher in January 2019. The school had been through a turbulent period, with five head teachers in as many years before she joined it.

She has turned the school around from bad Ofsted reports in 2015 and 2017, labelling it as ‘requiring improvement’, to the most recent report in February 2020 rating it ‘Good’, with a rating of ‘Outstanding’ for students’ personal development.

Laura, who tweets as ‘Proud headteacher of wonderful school in Chiswick’ tweeted on Sunday:

‘State schools ARE getting better – I’m aiming to save parents £100k at least and provide better opportunities for all… Lots to do but getting there’.

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See also: Chiswick School gets ready to open on 8 March

See also: Interview with Laura Ellener – ‘Children need to know who’s in charge’

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