National league tables show that Swindon was the fifth best local authority in England this year for giving parents their first choice of secondary school for their children, up from 13th last year.
The figures, published this week by the Department for Education, also place Swindon as second out of 15 authorities in the South West.
Across England, Swindon came behind only Hartlepool, Redcar, Rutland and North Somerset, out of 151 Local Education authorities in total.
Swindon was also joint seventh in England for giving parents one of their three school preferences, and second in the South West.
This year, of 2,190 secondary school applications that were made on time, 98.8% were matched with their first preference. Swindon Borough Council’s School Admissions Team also ensured that 99.8% of applicants received one of their three preferences.
Cllr David Renard, Swindon Borough Council Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We already knew we had done well, but to be fifth in England is a clear measure of how well the schools admissions team has performed in giving parents their choice of school for their children and I would like to thank them for all their hard work.”
The School Admissions Team will be sending letters on 20 April giving parents the results of their applications for primary and infant to junior school places for September 2012.