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More Kingston pupils offered their first choice primary school place

Five out of six Kingston primary school pupils have been offered a place at their first choice primary school.

Of the 2,006 applications received before the deadline, 83 per cent were offered their first choice school. This is an increase on last year’s figure of 82 per cent. 

Maintaining the borough's strong reputation in providing school places, 92 per cent of pupils were allocated a place at one of their top three preferred schools.

Parents who ​applied online can go online today (Monday 18 April 2016) to find out which schools they have been offered. ​All p​arents who didn't get their first preference offer will ​also ​receive ​a letter from Kingston Council informing them of their offer and providing further information on next steps​.

A Kingston Council spokesperson said: "Kingston has built a reputation as a desirable place to live, in large part based on the success of our local schools.

"Our commitment to embracing growth in the borough is underpinned by the quantity and quality of local school places. We are investing in the housing, infrastructure and school places Kingston clearly needs to continue to thrive."

Achieving for Children, a social enterprise company, works closely with Kingston Council to help ensure a sufficient supply of high quality school places are available for parents to choose for their children.

An Achieving for Children spokesperson said:

"Although the first preference satisfaction rate in the borough ​has remained high, we are not complacent and we know that more places are needed.

"We are therefore delighted that the Stamp Education Trust, which runs the Ofsted rated 'outstanding' Thomson House free school in Richmond Borough, will be submitting a proposal to the Department for Education for a two-form entry primary free school to open in Surbiton/Tolworth in 2018. This proposal would, if approved, add capacity in an area where demand is forecast to increase further in the next few years."

Parents unhappy with the place allocated have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. For details of how to appeal, this is included in the offer letters or see appeal for school places.

Any parents who haven't applied for a primary school place for children due to start school in September need to do so as soon as possible.

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