Ma­jor­ity of pupils get first choice

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FAM­I­LIES in Hilling­don are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter 85 per cent of chil­dren re­ceived a place at their first choice of pri­mary school – more than in any other west Lon­don bor­ough.

Fig­ures re­leased on Thurs­day, April 16 also show that 95 per cent of Hilling­don young­sters have been of­fered a spot at one of their top three choices, de­spite a ris­ing de­mand.

This year, Hilling­don Coun­cil re­ceived a record 4,145 ap­pli­ca­tions for pri­mary school places – up seven per cent on last year.

The coun­cil at­trib­uted its suc­cess in award­ing high num­bers of pupils places at their cho­sen schools to its £160m schools in­vest­ment pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme, which the coun­cil says is the largest of its kind in Lon­don, has in­volved ex­pand­ing ex­ist­ing schools in the bor­ough and build­ing new ones.

Coun­cil­lor Sim­monds, cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “De­spite the ris­ing de­mand we have yet again de­liv­ered all our school places on time.

“We have made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment to en­sure ev­ery child is al­lo­cated a good qual­ity school place as close to home as pos­si­ble.”

Last year, 84 per cent of Hilling­don young­sters were in­vited to at­tend their first choice of pri­mary school from Septem­ber, while 96 per cent got a place at one of their top three choices.

Across Lon­don this year, 81 per cent got their top choice and 93 per cent made it into one of their top three se­lec­tions.

In March, fig­ures showed that, for the sec­ond year run­ning, 93 per cent of Hilling­don young­sters made it into one of their top three choices of sec­ondary school – more than in any neigh­bour­ing bor­ough.

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