More than 70 per cent of Barking and Dagenham’s Year Six pupils receive their first choice offer of secondary school

Pupils at Barking Abbey School were among those receiving their offers on Thursday. Picture: Ken Mea

Pupils at Barking Abbey School were among those receiving their offers on Thursday. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

71.6 per cent of Barking and Dagenham’s Year Six pupils have landed their first choice of secondary school.

Texts and emails detailing where students had secured a place were sent to parents yesterday.

The council received 3,334 applications for school places on time this year – an 8.4 per cent increase on last year.

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for educational attainment and school improvement, said: “As the number of children requiring secondary school places in our borough continues to grow, we are delighted to say that so many parents have secured a place at one of their preferred schools.

“To perform above the London average is a testament to the planning we have been making in this borough over the last decade.”

89.7 per cent of pupils received an offer from one of their top three choices, compared to 87.3 percent across the rest of London.

Parents and students submitted their list of six choices in October. If they aren’t satisfied with today’s results, they may appeal.