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Lambeth offers a primary school place to every child

Every child who applied for a place in a Lambeth primary school has been offered one starting in September, new figures have revealed today [Thursday, 16 April].

The number of families winning a place at the school of their choice has risen to record levels, with 84.6 per cent of applicants receiving an offer for their first-preference primary – up from 82.4 per cent last year. The combined total of those families getting their first or second preference was also up, to 94 per cent.

“Deciding on your child’s first school is a difficult process and we are delighted that we have once again managed to offer all these families a place for the coming year,” a council spokesperson said.

“It is particularly pleasing that we have seen another rise in the number of children who will be going to the school of their choice.”

Families applied for primary places through a pan-London system which linked Lambeth, the other 32 London authorities and Surrey County Council. They were allowed to list up to six schools, in order of preference.

Lambeth received 2,993 applications for primary school places this year, a slight fall on the 2014 figure. The vast majority of the applications were made online, with the number of paper applications falling from 609 in 2014 to 90 this year.

A total of 2,461 applicants were offered a place in their first-preference school, and 272 were offered their second preferences.

The table below shows breakdown of statistics and comparison between 2014 and 2015

2015 2014
Applications: Common Application Form (CAF) Number % Number %
paper CAFs 90 3% 609 19%
online CAFs 2903 97% 2584 81%
total 2993 100% 3193 100%
Preference Offered Number % of all preference offers Number % of all preference offers
first 2461 84.60% 2509 82.40%
second 272 9.40% 314 10.30%
third 103 3.50% 109 3.60%
fourth 37 1.30% 66 2.20%
fifth 26 0.90% 26 0.90%
sixth 10 0.30% 19 0.60%
total 2909 100.00% 3043 100.00%
Number % of all offers Number % of all offers
preference offers 2909 97.20% 3043 95.30%
allocations 84 2.80% 150 4.70%
total 2993 100.00% 3193 100.00%
 
Number % of all applications Number % of all applications
preference offers 2909 97.20% 3043 95.30%
allocations 84 2.80% 150 4.70%
no offer made 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
total 2993 100.00% 3193 100.00%
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