Bromley continues outstanding track record for Primary School Places

Published Thursday, 16 April 2020

Bromley’s 2020 primary school place offers continue to impress.

More than 98 per cent of children in the borough starting their formal education later this year at a primary school named on their application. This is ahead of the London average which stands at 97 per cent.

That figure includes 3,347 families who were offered their first preference, taking the percentage of first-choice placements to more than 85 per cent. Over the first three preferences, Bromley achieved an impressive 96.5 per cent, more than a percentage point above the London average.

Cllr Fortune Bromley Council’s Executive Member for Children, Education, and Families said: “Despite the additional challenges brought about by Covid-19, we have been able to safely ensure that as many children as possible secured one of their preferred primary schools and I am pleased to see so many families get a favourable offer today.

“We are rightly very proud of our schools and the achievements of our young people and I know that, this year in particular, children and parents alike will be even more excited by the prospect of starting their journey into education at a school of their choice later this year. My sincere thanks go out to all our highly dedicated teaching staff and education providers for all their work at this extremely difficult time.”

Demand for places is still high, growing to 3906 on-time applications in 2020 from 3884 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.

Parents who applied online will receive an email on Thursday, 16 April confirming which school they have been offered with the timing varying according to individual email service providers. Parents can log into their eAdmissions account to view the offer online and offered places should be accepted by Thursday, 30 April.

Over the coming weeks, the specialist Bromley Admissions team is on hand to help with any queries. The lines for the admissions team will be open Monday - Friday 12 noon to 3pm at 020 8313 4044.


Notes to editors:

1.  Parents will have until 30 April 2020 to accept or refuse their offer. Refusals can only be accepted once alternative arrangements have been made.

2.  Parents must lodge any appeals for their named schools by 15 May 2020

3.  Bromley will reallocate places from schools’ waiting lists, from 18 May.

4.  All applicants for Bromley schools will remain on waiting lists until 31 December 2020. The Bromley Admissions Team continues to manage the process and maintain waiting lists.

5.  Please see the table below for additional preference information.

2020  2020  2019  2019 
Offers to Bromley Pupils No. of pupils  % No. of pupils %
Offered a school named on the application form 3845 98.5% 3839 98.8
Offered a first preference 3347 85.7% 3366 86.7%
Offered a second preference 315 8% 304 8%
Offered a third preference 109 2.8% 100 2.5%
Offered a lower preference 4th- 6th 74 2% 69 1.1%
Allocated a school by Bromley Council 61 1.5% 45 1%
Total number of offers 3906 3884