Over ninety seven per cent of pupils get a place in one of their preferred schools

Published: Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Over 97 per cent (97.09%) of pupils in Havering have been offered a place in one of their preferred six primary schools.

Over 95 per cent have been offered a place in one of their top three choices, with 86.51 per cent being offered a place in their first choice school it was announced yesterday (Tuesday 18 April).   

Councillor Benham, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said:

“Once again we have been able to offer the vast majority of children a place in one of their preferred schools. I am aware that a small majority of parents will be disappointed that they did not get any of their six preferences.

“Our figures are fractionally down on last year, but we remain high up on the table for London.

“The challenge for us now is to make sure that we continue to provide our young people with the excellent education they deserve and to ensure that there are new school places for our growing population.”

“By advertising and working closely with parents, schools and  Early Years settings, the Admissions Team ensure that parents are made aware of how and when to apply for a school place. Parents are provided with a consistent message emphasising the importance of making realistic preferences for their child. This year we will be working even harder to ensure that parents get their applications in for primary school places next year in plenty of time.”

“Although there has been a significant increase in the demand for primary school places within Havering, the School Organisation Team has continued to work closely with the School Admissions Team, to ensure there is a sufficient supply of school places to meet the required demand by expanding a number of primary schools as part of the Council’s school expansion investment programme.”