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Primary school offer day 2018 More children allocated first choice school due

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, this is now making its way up into secondary schools, and Government forecasts published last month suggest that overall primary school pupil numbers may start to plateau beyond 2020/21. Cllr Roy Perry, vice-chairman of the Local Government Association’s children and young people board, said: “Over recent years councils have created an extra 600,000 new places.This is a demonstrable record that they are doing everything they can to rise to the challenge of ensuring no child goes without a place. The vast majority of councils (82 per cent) said they have seen at least a slight drop in applications this year, while almost one in five (18 per cent) have seen an increase.A breakdown by London borough shows significant differences – with around one in four youngsters missing out in some places.In Camden, 76.6 per cent got their first preference, along with 76.7 per cent in Hammersmith and Fulham, and 76.9 per cent in Wandsworth.Kensington and Chelsea had the lowest proportion of children getting their top choice at 68.3 per cent, meaning just under a third missed out.Barking and Dagenham had the highest proportion of first preferences at 95.3 per cent, Primary schools have seen a boom in pupil numbers in recent years, prompted by a spike in the birth rate in the early 2000s. More children are now getting their first choice primary school because of Brexit, London councils have said.On Monday over half a million families in England were told which primary school their child will attend this autumn, on what is known as “national offer day”.  There were signs that in many areas of the country, a higher proportions of children gained places at their first choice of primary school compared to last year.In London, where competition for places at the top schools is particularly acute, around 1,365 more children got their most favoured school compared to last year.The Pan London Admissions Board, which co-ordinates school admissions in the city, London boroughs received 96,681 applications for primary school places this year which is 2.3 per cent fewer than last year.“Schools had been aware that lower birth rates in 2014 would lead to a smaller number of children starting primary school in London this year,” a spokesman for the Board said.“We believe that high property prices in some areas and the initial effects of the EU membership referendum have also contributed to this easing of pressure at primary level.”Following the Brexit vote, European families have been leaving the capital which has eased the pressure on primary schools, the Board’s spokesman explained.center_img Around the country, 72 per cent of local authorities said they have seen an increase in the proportions of pupils getting their first preference compared to last year, according to a survey by the Press Association. “Every child should have a fair chance of getting into their parents’ preferred school and councils and schools work extremely hard to try and ensure that as many pupils as possible are allocated their first preference.”School standards minister Nick Gibb said: “A good primary school education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond, so it is right that we help make sure every child reaches their potential from the moment they start their education.”That’s why we’re investing £5.8 billion to create even more good schools and good school places – building on the 825,000 we’ve created since 2010 – resulting in 9 out of 10 pupils securing one of their top three choices of schools.”last_img read more