Allocation of Brent primary school places sees increase in families bagging first choice

Parents have found out whether their child has been given a place at one of their preferred choices

Parents have found out whether their child has been given a place at one of their preferred choices of primary school. - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

More Brent children will be going to the primary school of their choice in September, according to figures released today.

In Brent 83.8 per cent of families received their top preference of primary school – a figure which is twopc below the London average but more than a twopc increase on last year across the borough.

The amount of families receiving one of their top three preferences has also increased by almost twopc since last year (95.4pc).

Brent Council received 3,808 on time applications for places at primary school reception classes - approximately 100 fewer applications than last year. The council has revealed that every child whose parents applied on time has been offered a primary school place for September.

Cllr Mili Patel, the council’s education chief, said: “I’m delighted that we have met the demand for primary school places for 2017 so far and that the number of first-preference allocations has increased yet again.


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“There will be late applications but I expect Brent will be able to meet this demand as well.

“Like all London boroughs, Brent continues to experience pressure on school places but I would like to reassure parents we are doing everything we can to create the high quality school places which they rightly expect for their children.”

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Pupils who have not been allocated a place at one of their preferred schools have either been offered an alternative or will shortly be advised of their options.

If children are offered a school which is not their first choice, they will automatically go onto the waiting list for the schools which were a higher preference than the one they were offered. Places will be filled in the order of the school’s oversubscription criteria from the list as vacancies arise over the coming weeks.

Parents who are dissatisfied with their child’s offer may appeal to an independent panel.

For more information on school admissions, parents should visitbrent.gov.uk.

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