Record number of primary school applications in Southwark

Admin (16 April, 2015)

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A record number of primary school applications were submitted to Southwark Council this year, with 3,536 received by the deadline.

Despite the huge numbers of applications, every child has been offered a place at a local school and 80 per cent of children have secured a place at their first preference school.

Cllr Victoria Mills, cabinet member for children and schools, said, “The council received a record number of applications this year.
“Over 95 per cent of children have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools and we know from previous experience that today isn’t the end of the admissions process. As offers are accepted and rejected, spaces will be created and the council will continue to work with families until the end of August to help them find a place they are happy with.”

“With Southwark’s growing population, we have been planning for this increase. The council’s primary schools investment programme will mean more expanded and new schools this September and further provision from September 2016 to ensure that Southwark can continue to meet the growing demand over the coming years.”

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