Nine out of ten pupils secure their first choice primary school

18 April 2016 in Education and Young people
Figures released today (Monday 18 April) as part of National Offer Day have highlighted that Newham Council was amongst the top three London local authorities for the number of pupils who received their first preference primary school.
Newham Council came second in London with 89 (88.94%) per cent of pupils offered their first choice primary school. This is five percentage points above the London average of 84 per cent.

Ninety-seven (96.66) per cent of Newham pupils were offered a place at one of their top three primaries compared to 94 per cent of London pupils. This is three percentage points above the London average.

The figures also revealed that 97 (97.49) per cent of Newham pupils have places at one of their six preferred primary schools, which is higher than the London average of 96.58 per cent.

This year, Newham Council received 4,778 applications by the closing date of 15 January 2016. Of these applications, 2,984 (62.45%) were 'online' applications and 1,794 (37.55%) were paper applications.

Only 92 pupils (1.93%) could not be offered a place at any of their preferred schools and these pupils were allocated alternative places at the closest school to their home which still had a places available. 

Councillor Rev Quintin Peppiatt, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Following a very successful Secondary National Offer Day, the council has worked hard with schools and parents to ensure that as many of our younger pupils can attend the primary school of their choice.

“Local authorities across England continue to face significant challenges because of a lack of primary school places. In Newham, through careful planning and close working with schools, we have been able to meet the growing demand for school places. In addition, our primary schools continue to go from strength to strength with 85 per cent now rated good or outstanding."