July 29 2014 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
More than 70 per cent of parents in the borough succeeded in getting a place at their first choice of secondary school, according to figures from the pan London admissions board.
Although the figure, 72.86pc, is higher than the London average of 69.21pc, when compared with the statistics over the last few years, there has been a fall in the number of parents in the borough getting their first choice. In 2011 the figure was 79.9pc and in 2012 it was 82pc. Last year 78pc of parents succeeded in getting a place at their first choice school.
In total, Newham received 3,925 applications for secondary school places by the national closing date of 31 October 2013.
Overall 95.59pc, or 3752 pupils were offered a place at one of their six preferred schools with 92.46pc being offered a place at one of their first three preferred schools.
The small number of pupils, 4.41pc or 173 pupils, who could not be offered places at any of their preferred schools, have been allocated alternative places at the school closest to their home that still had places available.
Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, executive member for children and young people, said: “We are delighted that so many children are able to attend the school of their choice.
“Over the last the three years, we have consistently ranked in the top ten local authorities in London and we’re proud to be in the top ten councils again this year. We couldn’t have achieved this without the hard work of staff, primary and secondary schools and parents.”
Included in the figures are 201 Newham children who gained places at schools outside of Newham. In addition, 197 pupils who live outside Newham gained places in Newham secondary schools.