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National Offer Day: Every child gets a place at a Lambeth secondary school

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

More than four out of five Year 6 applicants in the borough have been offered a place at their first or second-choice schools, starting in September.

On the day that parents and carers across the country find out which secondary schools their children will be going to, Lambeth Council has revealed that offers have been made to 2,568 applicants.

Of those who received offers from schools on their list, 81.5% have been offered a place at their first or second-choice school. 1,486 children, 62.4% of the total who received offers for a school of their choice (57.86% of the total Lambeth applications received) got a first-choice offer, while 456 pupils, 19.1% who received a school of their choice (17.75% of total applications) were offered their second preference.

The proportion of applications made online has risen from 50.8 per cent in 2013 to 98 per cent this year.

Welcoming the figures, Cllr Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“These figures are a testament to the hard work of Lambeth’s education services in making sure as many children as possible can go to the schools of their choice in September. Ensuring that, for the fourth year in a row, every child in the borough has a place waiting for them is a tremendous achievement.

“This has always been an enormously difficult time for families, anxiously waiting to find out where their children are going to end up next.

“Our children can now look forward to the next stage of their education with confidence.”

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NOTES

Lambeth Secondary School Admissions

Application method

2016

Number

%

Paper CAFs

49

2%

Online CAFs

2,519

98%

Total

2,568

100%

Preference offered

2016

Number

%

Pref 1

1,486

62.4%

Pref 2

456

19.1%

Pref 3

253

10.6%

Pref 4

113

4.7%

Pref 5

55

2.3%

Pref 6

19

0.8%

Total

2,382

100.0%

Other

186

7.2%

Allocations made

2016

Number

%

Offers

2,382

92.8%

Allocations

186

7.2%

Total

2,568

100.0%

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