National Primary Offer Day 2018 - London figures

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Ninety-six per cent of children due to start primary school in London this September have been offered a place at one of their top three preferred schools.

Figures released today on National Primary School Offer Day by the Pan London Admissions Board, the body with overall responsibility for the co-ordination of school admissions in the capital, show that London boroughs received 96,681 applications for primary school places this year, 2.3 per cent fewer than last year.

However, 1,365 more children secured a place at their first choice of primary school compared to last year, 86.5 per cent of the total number of applicants. 96 per cent of the total number of applicants – 92,828 children – was offered a place at one of their top three preferred schools.

Overall, 97.6 per cent of primary school applicants in London received an offer of a school place at one of their preferred schools.

Sara Williams, Chair of the Pan London Admissions Board, said:

“We are pleased that 97.6 per cent of applicants have gained a place at one of their chosen primary schools, and 1,365 more children have secured a place at their first choice of school compared to last year.

“94 per cent of the capital’s schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, this means that children here are very likely to be offered a place at a school that provides a high quality education.

“London boroughs are committed to giving London’s children the best possible chance of getting a preferred school place. They are working with local primary schools and other partners across the capital to expand school capacity where needed to give students a successful start to their education.

“While there has been a slight fall in demand for reception places overall since last year, the picture varies across London and there are a number of boroughs that are still in need of more school places at primary level over the coming years. 

“This announcement follows National Secondary Offer Day last month, where London saw a 4 per cent increase in applications. This shows how the high demand that has been seen at primary over several years is starting to move to secondary schools, and demand for places at secondary level remains a challenge.

“Each London borough has an admissions team and staff are ready to help parents if they have any queries.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The Pan London Admissions Board has overall responsibility for the school application co-ordination scheme in the capital. Membership includes representatives of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services, the London Inter Authority Admissions Group and the London Grid for Learning.

Of the 2,314 applicants without a preference offer, 2,287 (2.36 per cent of the total number of applicants) will be offered an alternative school on 16 April.  The remaining 27 (0.03 per cent of total apps cannot be offered an alternative school on 16 April because there is currently no place available within a reasonable distance of home. However, they will all be offered an alternative school as soon as places become available due to withdrawal of successful applicants who no longer require a place.

Schools have been aware that lower birth rates in 2014 could affect the number of children starting primary school in London this year. Boroughs believe that a range of other factors, including property prices in some areas and welfare reform changes, have also contributed to this.

Preference offer

Number of applications

% of total

Increase/ decrease % compared to 2017

First

83, 679

86.55

+0.61%

First- Third

92, 828

96.02

+0.31%

First- Sixth

94, 367

97.61

+0.14%

None

2,314

2.39

-0.14%

Pan London Admissions Board FAQ and borough breakdown of figures.

This year 97.6 per cent of applicants applied online and increase of 2.1 per cent.