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All on-time Bromley school applicants secure a place

PUBLISHED: 15:48 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:48 27 April 2016

Demand for school places is rising

Demand for school places is rising

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The news comes as demand for school places rises across the country

Bromley Council has been able to offer school places to all youngsters whose applications were received on time, with the majority gaining their first or second preference school.

More than 90 per cent of the 4,040 applicants for primary places who submitted before the April 18 deadline gained their first or second preference school.

At secondary level, 96 per cent of the 3,492 on-time Bromley applicants applying before the March 18 deadline received one of their preferences, with 84 per cent gaining their first or second preference.

Those who did not receive any of their preferences had generally applied for schools outside the advised distance from their homes and have been offered an alternative school within a reasonable travelling distance.

The council has been making efforts to expand school places in the borough as demand continues to rise across the country, and it is also supporting the development of free schools.

Executive member for education councillor Peter Fortune said: “At a time of increased pressure on school places right across London, especially for children starting school for the first time, we are pleased that not only has Bromley been successful in offering everyone a place, but the majority of our students will be able to attend one of their preferred schools.

“I wish all students joining a new school in the autumn the greatest success in their future studies.”

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