Record number of first preference offers for Bromley children starting primary school this year

Published Monday, 23 April 2018

Bromley achieved its highest ever level of first preference offers for primary school places this year – 86 per cent, up from 84.6 per cent last year.

In 2018, more than 98 per cent of Bromley children applying for a primary school place received an offer in one of their chosen schools, ahead of the London average. Of these, 96 per cent gained a place at one of their top three choices.

Demand for places remains high with 3845 on-time applications for places. Bromley is still experiencing an increase of around 245 more children applying for primary places since 2011. Over this time, the council has worked with a range of schools to expand numbers to ensure there are sufficient places to meet demand and provide a choice of good schools for parents.

A Bromley Council spokesperson said: “It is really good news that Bromley has achieved its highest ever level of first preferences at 86 per cent, coupled with the lowest ever number of directional offers at just 1.5 per cent. This means that by far the vast majority of Bromley children starting school in September will be heading off to one of their choices. Demand for primary school places is still high, which means this is all the more remarkable. No doubt our young children will be excited about heading off to their new school and we wish them every success in their all-important future education.


Notes to Editors:

  • Figures were released on National Primary School Offer Day (15 April 2018) by the Pan London Admissions Board, the body with overall responsibility for the co-ordination of school admissions in the capital. London boroughs received 96,681 applications for primary school places this year, 2.3 per cent fewer than last year.
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