More pupils in Kingston get their preferred primary school


97% of children in the borough have been offered one of their preferred primary schools, with 95% of these getting one of the top three preferences in their application compared to 92% in 2016.

There are 1,930 pupils who have applied for a primary school place to start in September 2017, compared to 2,005 in 2016. 

First preference primary school offers have risen by 4.3%, from 83% in 2016 to 87.3% in 2017

Cllr Andrea Craig, Kingston Council’s portfolio holder for schools, said: 

“I’m delighted with Kingston’s results. Not only have we been able to offer most children one of their preferred primary schools, but we have also placed 87% within their first preference school, which means Kingston is achieving results which are above the London average. 

“This is a fantastic achievement and has been made possible through efficient planning by our council officers. We will of course continue to strive for excellence, both in our schools and in our school place planning, and look forward to working to further improve our offer for children in Kingston.”  

This year, a total of 90 additional places have been added, 30 at each of the following schools: Christ Church C of E Primary in Surbiton, St Luke’s and Coombe Hill Infant School in Kingston. 

Every year in April, councils across the country announce their primary school places. According to London Council figures, 98,944 pupils in the Capital applied for primary school places through the pan London admissions scheme. 85.95% of pupils received an offer from their first choice, with 95.72% getting a place at one of their top three schools.

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