Over 80 % of children in Lambeth have been allocated their first choice primary school and nine out of ten have got their first or second preference according to figures released today by Lambeth Council. The numbers represent an increase of almost 4% on last year.
Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet member for Children and Families said: “This is great news for families who’ve been waiting to hear where their children will be going to school in September. What’s also really good to know is that Lambeth has made offers to every child whose application for a school place was on time.”
“We know there are some schools in the borough having to cope with overcrowding but the millions of pounds we’re investing in expansion and improvement will ease that so that even more children in Lambeth will be able to go to their first choice school.”
Children in Lambeth are more likely to attend a good or outstanding primary school than pupils in most other parts of the country, according to an Ofsted report last November which concluded that 84 per cent attend a primary school rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
Despite the pressure on space at Lambeth primary schools, there are also enough vacancies to support late applications.
Today’s figures also show a 5% increase in the number of Lambeth children remaining in a Lambeth primary school compared to 2012, a 3% increase in online applications and fewer children not made a preferred offer .
Notes to Editors
Table below shows breakdown of statistics and comparison between 2013 and 2012
2012 % 2013 %
Total home applications 3105 3104
Online applications 1872 60.30% 1968 63.40%
The number of reception places available in Lambeth primary schools
Places available 3173 3379
The preferences of the 2985 children, who were made a preferred offer
First preference offers 2413 78% 2537 81.73%
Second preference offers 315 10% 268 8.65%
Third preference offers 115 4% 107 3.45%
Fourth preference offers 57 2% 48 1.54%
Fifth preference offers 27 1% 18 0.57%
Sixth or lower preference offers 17 1% 7 0.23%
Comprehensive preferred and allocated offer data
No offers 161 5% 119 3.83%
Alternative offers 161 5% 119 3.83%
Vacant places 58 262
Home and other LA offer data
Total home LA offers 2712 87% 2850 92%
Total other LA offers 232 13% 254 8%