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A Place for Every Pupil: Lambeth Secondary Schools Offer Every Child a Place for this September

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For the third year running, every child whose application was on time has received an offer of a secondary school place in Lambeth, new figures have revealed today [Tuesday].

More than 82 per cent of parents and carers who applied to a secondary school in the borough have been offered a place at their first or second-choice school.

On the day that parents and carers across London are told which secondary schools their children have been offered places at, Lambeth Council has revealed that it dealt with 2523 applications this year.  The proportion of applications made online has risen from 50.8 per cent in 2013 to 94 per cent this year.

Overall, the numbers of children being offered places at their first or second-choice school also rose this year; 1559 children, 66.2%, were offered a place at their first-preference school, and 386 children, 16.4% were offered their second preference. The Council has confirmed that there are also enough spaces in Lambeth schools to support all late applicants.

The landmark achievement contrasts starkly with the picture in 2005, when over 570 pupils in the borough were left ‘in limbo’ without places allocated for their secondary education.

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 Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “The days when a child’s future depended on an offer that might or might not arrive in the post are behind us, because the hard work of our education services has taken that uncertainty out of the system.

“The vast majority of our children will be going to the school they wanted this September, and they can look forward to the next stage of their education with confidence, instead of wondering where they might end up at school.

“Ensuring that, for the third year in a row, every child in the borough has a place waiting for them is a tremendous achievement.”

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