The landmark achievement is a huge improvement on the picture in 2005 when over 570 pupils in the borough were left ‘in limbo’ without places allocated for their secondary education. Part of the problem then was that parents had to fill out separate application forms for each local authority which handled admissions for their chosen schools. There was no co-ordination of dates or offers between authorities so some parents held on to more than one offer for weeks or months until they had heard back from all the authorities they had applied to before deciding which offer to accept. Consequently, allocation of surplus places to other children was delayed creating anxiety and uncertainty for pupils and their families.
The introduction of the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme in 2005 has seen the application process simplified and an increase in the number of pupils who receive an offer from one of their preferred schools.
Welcoming the figures, Cllr. Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said,
‘Thank goodness those days of ‘gambling’ a child’s future on a better offer that might or might not come through the post are behind us. Lambeth pupils can look forward to the next stage in their education, instead of wondering where they might end up at school.
‘To be able to say that every child in Lambeth has been allocated a secondary school place is marvellous and is testament to our ongoing investment in schools and the school building programme that’s helped secure school places across the borough to as well as the co-ordinated admissions process.’
More details on the school : 2013