More Bromley parents get first or second choice primary school than ever before

PUBLISHED: 16:10 17 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:10 17 April 2015

Parents will learn whether their children got a place at their chosen school today

Parents will learn whether their children got a place at their chosen school today

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Over 90 per cent got one of their first two school choices

Parents in Bromley are likely to be happy after over 90 per cent of primary school applicants got their first, or second choice schools.

The result is the best the borough has ever achieved, with just two per cent of applicants having to be allocated a place. The increase in parents getting their first, or second choice was four per cent - something the council says is impressive, given the unprecedented pressure on school places across Bromley and London.

There were a total of 3989 agreed as on-time applications for Bromley primary places received for September 2015 with 3634 gaining one of their first two choice preferences, whilst 98 per cent got into one of their six preferred schools this year, up by three per cent on last year.

London has seen the school-age population increase at twice the rate of any other region in recent years. In response, Bromley and all London boroughs have been working with local schools to increase numbers of places.

A Bromley Council spokesperson said: “Bromley primary admissions statistics are particularly good this year with 91 per cent of applicants getting one of their top two preferences and 98 per cent gaining one of their six choices.

“These results are particularly pleasing when Bromley has had to create 465 additional school places this year through bulge classes, permanently expanding more local schools and new free schools opening. This means that there are 720 more school places available to Bromley families than there were in 2010.”

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