Nearly 90 per cent of primary school pupils in London have secured a place at their top choice school for September.

A total of 98 per cent of London pupils have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

This is according to figures published on National Primary Offer Day, April 16, where parents find out which primary school has offered their child a place for September 2024.

Out of 85,336 London three and four-year-olds due to start school next academic year, 76,064 children - or 89 per cent of the total applicants - secured a spot at their first preference school.

This is an increase of 0.6 per cent from last year.

A total of 97 per cent - or more than 82,900 children - were offered a place at one of their top three preferred schools.

This number also shows an increase of 0.1 per cent from the previous year's figures.

The numbers however show a 2.2 per cent decrease in the total applications this year, compared to the numbers recorded in 2023.

This decrease in applications varies across boroughs and is influenced by several factors.

A falling birth rate in London, changes in circumstances resulting in families moving, and the localised effect of the UK's departure from the EU are some contributing factors.

Jon Abbey, Chair of the Pan-London Admissions Board, said: "This year the admissions process has gone smoothly and over 85,000 parents will receive an offer of a preferred school place in the capital - with over 76,000 of those being for their first preference school.

"Challenges such as falling birth rates and family migration from London have led to a continued decrease in demand for school places and resulted in a reduction in total applications this year.

He added: "Boroughs are supporting schools to deal with this challenge, meet the needs of our youngest residents and ensure school places continue to be available where there is demand."

The admissions teams for each London borough can help and support parents who have any queries about the process.