Highest number of children ever given preferred primary school places

Katherine Johnston (19 April, 2021)

'This is very welcome good news after such a tough year for schools, parents and children'


A record-breaking number of families have been offered a preferred primary school place this year, says Southwark Council. 

According to the local authority, the number of families who submitted on-time primary applications to receive places in their schools of choice is the highest since records began in 2009.

In total, 2,798 applications were received by the deadline for September 2021’s intake. Every applicant has been offered a place, with 98.8 per cent offered a place at one of their preferred schools. 

The council received a total of 2,798 on-time primary applications for the September 2021 intake and has yet again been able to offer a primary school place to every applicant received on time. 

Councillor Jasmine Ali, deputy leader and cabinet member for children, young people and education said: “This is very welcome good news after such a tough year for schools, parents and children. 

“I am delighted that the vast majority of parents will be receiving the news they have been waiting for, and that the children can look forward to an exciting learning journey ahead of them in one of Southwark’s fantastic primary schools. 

“I wish all the children every success and offer my sincere thanks to all the school and council staff who have worked so hard during the allocation process.”

 Starting primary school is an exciting time for families, However, we recognise that those who did not receive a school of their preference often have additional queries and/or support 

Parents across London have until April 30 to reject their offer if it is not required. 

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