Newham best in London for primary school places
23 April 2013 in Education
Families in Newham are celebrating after confirmation that every new primary school child has been allocated a place.
Figures from the Pan London Admissions Board, which co-ordinates school applications in the London boroughs, confirmed the borough recorded the best results in London, with 98% of families getting one of their top three choices.
Careful planning and a sophisticated school expansion programme meant that the majority of parents (89.21%) got their first preference. All of those that did not accept the borough's offer (just 94 children) have been placed in schools less than 1.6 miles from their homes.
By comparison, just 65% of families in one of the wealthiest boroughs of London, Kensington & Chelsea, got their first choice.
Newham received 4515 applications from our own residents and for the first time 1,531 of these were on line applications.
This fantastic achievement was due to the support of staff from our nursery, infant and primary schools, the Governing Bodies of our Voluntary Aided, Free and Academy schools and complex place planning by our Capital Strategy and School Organisation Team.
The council's multi-million pound school expansion programme means we are confident of meeting demand for places which will rise because the borough has the youngest population in the capital.
The innovative programme includes radical architectural designs and even makes use of equipment from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
This achievement comes despite Newham Council receiving savage cuts from central government.
Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, Executive Member for Children and Young People, said: "This is down to a lot of hard work by our schools, head teachers, parents and carers. We have added extra permanent places through completed construction projects which became available from the start of the new school term last year. We did this with investment of more than £50m to both expand and improve facilities at schools."