A school place for every child in Croydon

 

Every on-time application for a September place at reception or junior schools this week received an offer from Croydon Council.

More than 96% of parents have also secured an offer at one of their top three choices.

This is three per cent better than the average across London and demonstrates how the council’s ongoing programme of school building and expansion continues to allow the borough to keep up with growing demand.

Almost 5,000 applications were received for places in the borough’s 88 primary and junior schools, and 85% of people got their first choice school. This is an improvement of 2.7% on last year.

As with last year, 100% of applications were received online.

There was also a 30% reduction in the number of parents who had to be offered a school not listed on their application form. In 90 out of 104 cases these alternative offers had to be made because parents did not use all six options on their application forms.

“This is great news for Croydon parents whose children are due to start school in September. I’m sure it will be a great relief to the thousands of people who have been able to secure a place in one of their top choices of school. The council is determined to see these figures improve year on year, which is why we are continuing to invest in building new schools and classrooms.”

Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning

All parents who did not get their first preference school will receive a letter explaining how they can stay on the waiting list or submit an appeal.

Those parents who applied after the deadline will have their applications processed after 23 May.

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