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Lambeth offers a primary school place to every child

EMBARGOED TO 5PM, Monday 18 APRIL 2016

Every child who applied for a reception place in a Lambeth primary school for September 2016 has been offered one, new figures have revealed today [Monday, 18 April 2016].

This is the fifth consecutive year that over 90% of families have been offered a place at the school of their choice. In Lambeth for September 2016 entry 84% of applicants (2489) received their first choice school and 8% (238) their second choice. In total 98% of applicants received a preference school.

Families applied for primary places through a Pan-London system which linked Lambeth with the other 32 London authorities and 5 surrounding Councils. Parents and carers were asked to list up to six schools of their choice in order of preference.

Lambeth received 2968 applications for primary school places this year, a slight fall on the 2015 figure. The vast majority of the applications were made online, with the number of paper applications falling from 609 in 2014 to 60 this year.

NOTES

Primary 2016 National Offer Day Summary Statistics

On-time applications from Lambeth residents, made online or on paper, for places in Reception for September 2016 – as at 06 April 2016

Number and percentage of applications made online or via paper Common Application Forms (CAFs) on National Offer Day in 2014, 2015 and 2016

Application method 2016 2015 2014
Number % Number % Number %

Paper CAFs 60 2% 90 3% 609 19%
Online CAFs 2,908 98% 2,903 97% 2,584 81%
Total 2,968 100% 2,993 100% 3,193 100%

Number and percentage of each preference offered at National Offer Day in 2014, 2015 and 2016

Preference offered 2016 2015 2014
Number % Number % Number %
Pref 1 2,489 83.9% 2,461 82.2% 2,509 82.5%
Pref 2 238 8.0% 272 9.1% 314 10.3%
Pref 3 81 2.7% 103 3.4% 109 3.6%
Pref 4 53 1.8% 37 1.2% 66 2.2%
Pref 5 23 0.8% 26 0.9% 26 0.9%
Pref 6 12 0.4% 10 0.3% 19 0.6%
Total 2,896 97.6% 2,909 97.2% 3,043 100.0%
Allocation 72 2.4% 84 2.8% 150 4.7%

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