School catchment areas

MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following research showing that there are 300 schools in London where pupils have to live within 750m of the site in order to get a place, what are you doing to ensure that there are enough places for children to be able to go to their local school?


Answer for School catchment areas

Answer for School catchment areas

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's population is growing and this is increasing demand for schools. I continue to make the funding case to government for the 165,000 additional state school places that will be needed by 2025. I set this out at my third Education Conference on 27 November when sharing the platform with the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education. This was based on the GLA report, 'Projected Demand for School Places '. All areas of London need additional schools over the next decade. I also want London's schools to be providing excellent education, so that London parents can be confident of a good education for their child where ever they live.

Although I have no statutory responsibility for providing school places, I have made 20 sites available for schools on GLA group land which will provide well over 10,000 places.