Colin Grainger

More pupils getting the schools they want in Newham

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Seventy-eight per cent of Newham pupils starting secondary school in September have been offered a place at their first preference school.

This puts Newham fifth out of 33 London boroughs, with the capital-wide average being 70.65 per cent. In total Newham received 3,773 applications for secondary school places by the national closing date of October 31 last year. Of these, 2,853 were on paper and 920 were online applications.

Overall 96.87 per cent (3,655 pupils) were offered a place at one of their six named preferred schools. In total, 94.78 per cent were offered a place at one of their first three preferred schools.

The number of pupils (118 or 3.13 per cent) who could not be offered places at any of their preferred schools, have been allocated alternative places at the school closest to their home that still had places available.

Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, executive member for children and young people, said: “We are delighted that so many children are getting to go to the schools where they and their parents want them to go. We have worked hard with the primary and secondary schools and parents to achieve this fantastic result.”

Included in the figures are 209 Newham children who gained places at schools outside of Newham. In addition, 103 pupils who live outside Newham gained places in Newham secondary schools.

It means Newham Pupil Services, with strong support of schools and parents/carers were again successful in achieving the Government’s National Offer Day statutory targets for Primary to Secondary Transfer. Newham has never missed the deadline since PAN London co-ordination was introduced in 2004.

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This article was written on 05 Mar 2013, and is filed under East London, London, Newham, Newham Council, Schools.

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