1. ITV Report

Third of children in London miss out on their first choice of secondary school

Around a third of children in London have missed out on their first choice of secondary school, figures show.

Rising pupil numbers in the capital are putting pressure on the system to expand to create more places and recruit more teachers, with a 2% increase in applications this year.

New statistics published by the Pan London Admissions Board show that across the city, 68% of 11-year-olds got their first choice of school - meaning that around 32% missed out.

Some 89% of youngsters were offered a place at one of their top three preferences.

Peter John deputy chair of London Councils and executive member with responsibility for education said:

The number of pupils starting secondary school in London is growing, and with 94% of the capital's schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, it is no surprise that parents are keen to send their children to school in London.

London boroughs are working with their local schools to meet increased demand so that pupils are offered a good quality school place.

Despite a 2% increase in the number of applications this year, boroughs have offered 94% of children a place at one of their preferred schools, maintaining the same rate as last year.

As well as expanding existing schools and building new ones to create additional capacity, London also needs to recruit more teachers to meet the rising demand for places while maintaining our high standards.

It is therefore deeply worrying that the majority of London's school budgets are set to shrink in the next few years as the new national funding formula is implemented and schools face additional costs such as pensions and the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy.

– Peter John, London Councils

The figures show differences across London - in Havering, to the east of the capital, 79.08% got their first preference, while in Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, the proportion was 53.48%.