The vast majority of parents with children starting primary school in London later this year have been offered a position at one of their top three choices, new figures have shown.
According to research published by the Pan-London Admissions Board (PLAB), 90 per cent of all new young pupils in the capital will be studying at one of their preferred selections as of September.
Furthermore, 78 per cent of the 100,000 applicants – a figure some 6,000 higher than 2011 – were granted a place at their number one choice.
Meanwhile, 94 per cent have been handed a position at one of their first six selections, with the other six per cent not being allocated any school on their form due to reasons such as parents only listing one location.
Helen Jenner – chair of the PLAB, the employers' body for all 32 London boroughs – insisted authorities are working hard to make sure every child gets a place at their preferred school, but admitted this is becoming more difficult due to high demand.