Almost 88% of Redbridge parents were offered their first choice primary school

Parents have found out whether their child has been given a place at one of their preferred choices

Parents have found out whether their child has been given a place at one of their preferred choices of primary school. - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Parents across the borough were manically refreshing their inboxes yesterday to find out which school their children will be attending in September and indeed for the next seven years of their lives.

Data revealed by London Councils shows that 87.93per cent of parents were offered their first choice in the borough, with 7.22pc allocated their second preference.

A little more than 2pc were given their third choice with 0.83 given fourth and 0.23 given their fifth.

Only 0.10pc of applicants were given their sixth choice.

Councillor Elaine Norman, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “School places in Redbridge are high in demand because of the excellent education we are able to offer young people.


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“I’m pleased that we have been able to offer so many children a place at one of their preferred schools.”

Children offered one of their first three preferences increased from 93.89 pc in 2016 to 97.17pc in 2017.

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The percentage of children not offered any of their preferred schools fell dramatically from 3.5pc (145 children) in 2016 to 1.66pc (64 children).

Parents have until May 2 to accept or decline the offer.

Visit redbridge.gov.uk for more information.

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