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'Consistent improvement' in number of Bromley children achieving their first choice primary school place

PUBLISHED: 12:16 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:16 19 April 2017

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Demand for primary school places in Bromley has seen a drop since last year, as the borough met 93 per cent of applicants’ hopes of getting in to their first or second choice school yesterday.

Nearly 3,900 people applied for the borough’s primary schools - a rise of around 300 on 2011’s figures.

School expansion since then has meant 85 per cent of this year’s applicants were able to achieve their first choice school, the highest in Bromley over the same time period.

Overall 98.5 per cent received one of their six preferences, ahead of the London average of 97 per cent.

A spokesperson from the council explained: “The small proportion of students who did not receive any of their preferences generally applied for schools outside the advised distance from their homes. They have been offered an alternative school within a reasonable travelling distance.

Executive member for education and children services, Peter Fortune said: “I am proud of Bromley’s track record in school admissions which show a consistent improvement over the past seven years in the numbers of children achieving their first preference.

“We have worked closely with primary schools over the years to increase places and choice for our children. The majority of primary school students in the borough will attend one of their preferred schools and I wish all students a successful start to their education.”

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