Thousands of Newham children guaranteed a place in their first choice primary school

18 April 2017 in Education
Nine out of ten Newham children will be starting their first preference primary school in September, figures released today (Tuesday) as part of National Offer Day have revealed.
​Figures released from the Pan London Admissions Board showed Newham recorded the second best results in London for first preference with 91.68 per cent of families getting their top choice. This is more than 23 percentage points up from Kensington and Chelsea, with only 68.36 families in the West London borough getting their number one choice. 

Newham Council was also in the top five boroughs for most families receiving one of their top three preferences. 

The council received 4,556 applications for school places from September by the closing date of 15 January. Of these, 4,478 (98 per cent were submitted online and 78 were paper applications. 

The figures also revealed that:
  • Overall 97.96 pupils received one of their top three preferences
  • 4,177 pupils (91.68 per cent) received their first preference
  • 234 pupils (5.14 per cent) received their second preference
  • 52 pupils (1.14 per cent) received their third choice
  • 17 pupils (0.37 per cent) received their fourth choice school; four pupils (0.09 per cent) received their fifth preference; and two pupils (0.04 per cent) received their sixth choice school. 
  • 70 pupils (1.54 per cent) could not be offered a place at any of their preferred schools. These pupils were allocated alternative places at the closest school to their home which still had places available to them. 
Councillor Rev Quintin Peppiatt, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “It is great to see these results demonstrating how Newham Council’s investment and commitment to primary education has paid off. We have worked tirelessly with schools and parents to ensure as many of our children can attend the primary school of their choice from September this year. 

“Nationally, councils are facing major challenges due to a shortage of school places coupled with a growing demand. In Newham we have invested in our schools and our multi million pound expansion programme has created thousands of new places.  This has ensured we can meet this demand and secure a place for every child at one of our excellent primary schools.”