Newham secures secondary school place for every child despite rising numbers

2 March 2018 in Education and Young people
Newham Council has secured every child a place who applied for a secondary school place starting in September, according to London-wide admissions data released today (Thursday 1 March  2018).
Figures from the Pan London Admissions Board on National Secondary School Offer Day show that in Newham 90 per cent of pupils were offered a place at one of their top three choices of secondary school, with almost 70 per cent getting into their first preference school. Both scores are above the average for the rest of London combined, which was 87.3 per cent and 66 per cent respectively.

The data shows Newham is sixth in London out of 33 authorities for the percentage of pupils offered a place at one of their first three preferences and eighth in London for first preference offers.

Newham received 4,536 applications for secondary school places by the national closing date of 31 October 2017. Of the total, 3,169 pupils were offered their first preference; and 4182 pupils were offered one of their first three preferences.

Overall 95.75 per cent (4,343 pupils) were offered a place at one of their six preferred schools. A small number or pupils (193) who could not be offered a place at any of their preferred schools, have been allocated places at the school closest to their home that still had places available.

Included in the figures are 224 Newham children who gained places at schools outside the borough. In addition 273 pupils who reside outside of Newham were offered a placed in Newham secondary schools as part of Pan London co-ordination. Of these, 45 had a sibling at the school who is reasonably expected to still be on roll in September 2018.

Councillor Rev. Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Even more young people applied for a place in one of our secondary schools compared to last year. Despite this, we have continued to ensure that almost all get a place at the school of their choice.

“Our secondary school children are making some of the best progress in the country with the borough’s overall Progress 8 measure at GCSE being the ninth highest in England. In addition to this, seven of  Newham’s schools had Progress 8 results that placed them in the top 12 per cent  of schools in England.”

“We know that we will continue to see growing number of  pupils and we are doing all we can to  meet the demand for school places by expanding our most popular schools.”