Barking and Dagenham children are top in London for first choice primary school

Children across London have been finding out which primary school they will attend in September toda

Children across London have been finding out which primary school they will attend in September today. Picture: PA images/Dave Thompson - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Figures out today show children in Barking and Dagenham are the most likely in London to receive a preferred primary school place for September.

Some 92.8pc of pupils in the borough got into their first offered primary school, while 4.5pc got their second preference and 0.9pc their third choice.

More than 98 per cent of children Barking and Dagenham received a place at one of their top three choices, according to the National Offer Day statistics released by the Pan London Admissions Board.

In neighbouring boroughs, 91.6pc of Newham school children and 87.9pc of Redbridge youngsters received their first preference offers.

London boroughs received 98,944 applications for primary school places this year, a figure of four per cent fewer than last year.


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Sara Williams, chair of the Pan London Admissions Board, said demand for primary school places in London “remains high” with an increase of 5 pc since 2011.

She said: “Overall there has been a slight fall in demand for reception places since last year but the pressure on London schools to deliver places for children across the capital due to start school this September remains.

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“We will be keeping an eye on birth rates and patterns of population growth, but we expect demand for primary school places to continue at least at current levels and demand for secondary school places to grow considerably in the years ahead.”

Pupils who have not been allocated a place at one of their preferred schools will either be offered an alternative or advised of their options in due course.

Parents who are dissastisfied with the results will be able to appeal.

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