Primary school places: Almost one in six miss out on first choice in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 13:55 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:55 19 April 2016

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (Pic: PA/Nick Ansell)

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (Pic: PA/Nick Ansell)

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Almost one in every six children has missed out on their first choice primary school in Redbridge this year.

Figures revealed by Redbridge Council today showed of 4,138 children, 3,473 (83.93 per cent) children had been given a place at their first choice to start in September.

The number has dropped from last year, when 86pc of children were offered a place at their first choice primary.

306 youngsters will go to their second choice (7.39pc), 106 to their third preference (2.56pc), 62 to their fourth choice (1.5pc) and 33 (0.8pc) to their fifth choice.

Thirteen children (0.31pc) who applied in Redbridge have been offered a place at their sixth choice or lower.

The statistics put Redbridge slightly above the London average for those offered their first preference, which is 83pc.

While official national figures are not yet available, statistics are expected to be roughly similar to last year, when 87.8pc of families were offered a place at their top choice of primary.

Have you missed out on a place? Contact the Recorder news desk on 020 8477 3858.

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