Majority of Newham children gain a place at first preference primary school

More than 97 per cent of Newham children due to start primary school from September 2022 have been offered a place at one of their parents’ top three preferred schools.

Figures released this week show more than 91 per cent (3,795 pupils) gained a place at their parents’ first preference school with a further 243 children offered a place at their second and third preference Newham school.

This means that Newham’s figures once again meet the government’s national offer day statutory targets for reception entry in September 2022.

Anita Stewart, Director of Education, Inclusion and Achievement said: “It is great news that the vast majority of children will be going to their parents’ first choice Newham primary school in the next academic year. We have a fantastic team of staff who work hard to make sure this complex process runs smoothly for all families applying for school places. We know this is an anxious time for parents and we are pleased that the majority of our families should be happy with the news today.”

Newham’s allocation statistics break down like this, based on parents who applied on time:

  • 1st preference: 91.69 per cent (3,795 pupils)
  • 2nd preference: 4.40 per cent (182 pupils)
  • 3rd preference: 1.47 per cent (61 pupils)
  • 4th preference: 0.36 per cent (15 pupils)
  • 5th preference: 0.14 per cent (6 pupils).

Included in these figures are 119 (2.87 per cent) Newham children offered places in schools outside the borough.

In addition, 136 pupils who live outside the borough were offered a place in Newham primary schools as part of the Pan London co-ordination scheme. Of these, 52 had a sibling expected to be at the school in September 2022.

Published: 20 Apr 2022