Majority of pupils get first choice
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.