Bromley offers places to all 2016 on-time school applicants with a majority getting their first or second preference

Published Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Everyone applying on time to Bromley for a secondary or primary school in 2016 has been successfully offered a place.

This year’s national offer day for primary school places, was Monday 18 April when more than 90 per cent gained their first or second preference school.

Demand has been increasing for several years and remains high this year with 4040 on-time Bromley applications for primary school places. The Council has worked with a range of schools to expand their numbers and is supporting the development of free schools where appropriate to ensure sufficient school places to meet demand.

This follows the news for those applying for secondary school places announced on national offer day, Tuesday 1 March. This year 96 per cent of the 3492 on-time Bromley applicants at secondary level received one of their preferences, with 84 per cent gaining their first or second preference.

The small proportion of students who did not receive any of their preferences had 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, Cllr Peter Fortune said: “At a time of increased pressure on school places right across London, especially for children starting school for the first time, we are pleased that not only has Bromley been successful in offering everyone a place, but the majority of our students will be able to attend one of their preferred schools. I wish all students joining a new school in the autumn the greatest success in their future studies.”

The figures for applications received on-time are as follows:

Primary schools

82.48% received 1st preference

8.37% received 2nd preference

3.54% received 3rd preference

2.65% received 4th to 6th preference

2.96% not offered any preference so directed to alternative schools

Secondary schools

70% received 1st preference

14% received 2nd preference

6% received 3rd preference

6% received 4th to 6th preference

4% not offered any preference so directed to alternative schools