Bromley primary school place offers best for seven years

Published Thursday, 18 April 2019

Bromley’s 2019 primary school place offers are the best for at least seven years as well as exceeding the average achieved across London.

More than 97 per cent of on-time applicants received one of their top three preferences, with just under 87 per cent gaining their first choice. This is more than a percentage point higher than the London average for the top three places and nearly a percentage point higher for first choices. Figures for those not achieving a preferred place are the lowest ever at just one per cent of applications.

Demand for places still remains high with 3884 on-time applications. This represents a small increase since last year (3845) while the overall London trend is down on last year. Bromley Council continues to work with a range of schools, parents and prospective parents to help ensure there are sufficient places to meet demand and provide a choice of good schools.

This good news comes hard on the heels of the announcement last month that Bromley is bucking the trend by providing an increase in preferred secondary school places with 96 per cent of children in Bromley being offered one of their preferred schools for September and 91 per cent gaining one of their top three choices, well ahead of the London average of 92 per cent and 86 per cent respectively.

Councillor Peter Fortune Executive Member for Education and Children’s Services said: “I am delighted with these figures.  It means that more Bromley children will be excited by the prospect of attending a school of their choice in September. We are proud of our schools and the achievements of our young people and we know how much it means to parents and children alike to have a place in one of their preferred schools. I wish all children starting on their education journey in the borough the very best of luck and look forward to hearing about their achievements over the years to come.”


Notes to Editors:

Figures were released on National Primary School Offer Day (16 April 2019) by the Pan London Admissions Board, the body with overall responsibility for the co-ordination of school admissions in the capital. London boroughs received 96,598 applications for primary school places this year, 0.08 per cent fewer than last year.

Bromley Primary 2019 Allocation Data
2019 2018 2017 2016
COHORT 3884 3845 3895 4040
1st 86.7% - 3366 86% - 3312 84.6% - 3294 82%
2nd 8% - 304 7.5% - 292 8.6% - 334 8% 
3rd 2.5% - 100 2.5% - 93 2.8% - 109 4%
4th - 6th 1.08% - 69 2.5% - 86 2.4% - 93 3%

  • For media enquiries, please contact Susie Clark on 020 8461 7911 or email