Just over two thirds of Newham’s Year Six pupils receive offer from first choice secondary school

70 per cent of Year Six pupils in Newham's schools got into their top pick. Picture: Paul Bennet

70 per cent of Year Six pupils in Newham's schools got into their top pick. Picture: Paul Bennet - Credit: Archant

Almost 70 per cent of Newham’s Year Six pupils have landed their first choice of secondary school.

Texts and emails detailing where students had secured a place were sent to parents yesterday.

90 per cent of pupils had an offer in their top three choices, and despite rising demand for school places, every child in Newham was offered a place, making it the sixth best performing London borough.

Councillor Rev. Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Even more young people applied for a place in one of our secondary schools compared to last year. Despite this, we have continued to ensure that almost all get a place at the school of their choice.

“We know that we will continue to see a growing number of pupils and we are doing all we can to meet the demand for school places by expanding our most popular schools.”

Across the capital, 87.3 per cent received an offer from one of their top three, and of those, 66 per cent were first choice offers.

Last year, three quarters of Newham’s pupils received their first choice offer.

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Parents and students had to submit their list of six choices in October. If they aren’t satisfied with today’s results, they may appeal.