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Nine in 10 Newham pupils to attend first choice primary school

PUBLISHED: 17:50 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 16 April 2018

Parents were told of their child's primary school place today Picture: Barry Batchelor/PA

Parents were told of their child's primary school place today Picture: Barry Batchelor/PA

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Newham had the third highest number of pupils in the capital who were offered a place at their first choice primary school, new figures have revealed.

The borough offered 4,103 children a place at their parents’ preferred school, equating to 91.71 per cent of applications.

This puts the borough behind only Barking and Dagenham and Waltham Forest in the proportion of first preference offers.

In addition, 98.04pc were offered a place at one of their top three schools, and just 1.54pc - 69 pupils - could not be offered any of their preferred schools.

These pupils were allocated places at the school closest to their home which still had spaces.

Grainne Siggins, executive director of strategic commissioning said: “The council has worked hard with schools and parents to ensure as many children as possible can attend the primary school of their choice from September this year.”

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