Sutton pupils find out secondary school places on National Offer Day 2021

Published Monday, 1st March 2021

Over 95% of Sutton children have secured a preferred secondary school place this year despite continued high demand for secondary school places.

Sutton has outperformed other London boroughs for the number of pupils getting preferred school places this September.

Sutton performed over 2 percent higher than the London average with 95.4 percent of pupils being offered a place at one of their preferred schools, compared to 93.3 percent of children across the rest of London. 

A total of 87.3 percent of Sutton pupils were offered a place at one of their top three choices of secondary school, with 66.2 percent getting into their first preference school, according to figures released on National Secondary School Offer Day by the Pan London Admissions Board.

London has seen a drop in parents receiving a first preference offer, primarily due to late selection testing. This has particularly affected boroughs which have selective schools in their area, such as Sutton. 

Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee at Sutton Council said: 

“This has been such an unprecedented year where pupils of all ages have had to adapt to new styles of learning as a result of Covid-19. It is fantastic to see that this has not limited children and young people’s ambitions. As a Council we are ambitious for our local children and young people and have an excellent track record of providing high quality school places to our growing pupil population. Every child and young person should have the opportunity to get a good education which is why I’m pleased that once again a vast majority of children in Sutton are being offered a place at one of their preferred schools.”

Parents and carers who applied online will receive an email notifying them to log on to their account and check their outcome at Those who were unable to apply online will either receive an email or a letter notifying them of their outcome.

Parents seeking any advice or guidance with their application should read the information provided to them with their outcome. However, parents are advised not to reject an offer of a place unless they have secured an alternative.

Parents have access to an independent appeals process if they are unhappy with the outcome of their application. A very small number of parents will not have received an offer of a school place on National Offer Day and we expect to be able to school places for these families shortly. Those wanting advice can contact the Admissions Team on

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