More children than ever before given top choice school

By Suzi Muston in Education

More children than ever before in Waltham Forest have a place at their first choice primary school.

The proportion of children offered a place at their first choice primary school in Waltham Forest has increased by four per cent compared with last year.

Waltham Forest is also performing well when compared with figures for all London boroughs.

Ahead of the new academic year this September, Waltham Forest Council has offered 89 per cent of children a place at their preferred school – up from 85 per cent in 2016. This is above the London total for first choice offers, which currently stands at 86 per cent.

Nearly 98 per cent of children received a place at one of their three preferred schools, up from 95 per cent in 2016. This figure is above the London total for places offered at top three schools, which currently stands at 96 per cent.

Cllr Grace Williams, cabinet member for children and young people said: “We’re incredibly pleased that we have been able to offer so many children a place at one of their preferred primary schools.

"We are absolutely committed to giving our young people the best possible start in life, and that means providing the good-quality education they deserve at high-performing local schools.”

For the academic year 2017/18 there were 4,050 primary school places in Waltham Forest, and the council received 3,447 on-time applications from Waltham Forest residents.

The number of unfilled places will decrease once late applications are allocated, and more applications are expected between now and the start of the new school year in September.

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