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National Primary Offer Day 2021 - 97 per cent get a preferred school place

Ninety-seven (97) per cent of families in Tower Hamlets, with children due to start primary school in September, have today been offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets received 3,240 applications this year, 2.5% per cent fewer applications when compared to 2020-21.

Preference

Number

%

Number

%

Percentage Point change

2020-21

2021-22

First

2,884

86.8%

2,862

88.3%

+1.5%

Second

185

5.6%

170

5.2%

-0.4%

Third

81

2.4%

57

1.8%

-0.6%

Fourth

18

0.5%

25

0.8%

+0.3%

Fifth

9

0.3%

9

0.3%

-

Sixth

9

0.3%

6

0.3%

-

1st to 3rd

3,150

94.8%

3,089

95.3%

+0.5%

1st to 6th

3,186

95.9%

3,129

96.6%

+0.7%

Allocated by local authority

137

4.1%

111

3.4%

-0.7%

 

 

2020-21

2021-22

Per cent change in applications

TOTAL

3,323

3,240

-2.5%

 

Across London, there were 90,807 primary school applications made, according to figures from the Pan London Admissions Board, the body with overall responsibility for coordinating school admissions in the Capital. This represents a 6.72 per cent decrease in applications compared to last year.

Eighty-seven (87.38) per cent received a place at their first preference school, which means families in Tower Hamlets fared better (88.33%) when compared to the average across London.

Preference 2021-22

Number

%

Number

%

Pan London

Tower Hamlets

First

79,343

87.38%

2,862

88.33%

Second

6,102

6.72%

170

5.25%

Third

1,961

2.16%

57

1.76%

Fourth

863

0.95%

25

0.77%

Fifth

390

0.43%

9

0.28%

Sixth

191

0.21%

6

0.19%

1st to 3rd

87,409

96.26%

3,089

95.34%

1st to 6th

88,852

97.85

3,129

96.58%

Allocated by local authority

1,952

2.15%

111

3.42%

TOTAL

90,807

100%

3,240

100%

 

James Thomas, Corporate Director for Children and Culture, Tower Hamlets Council, said: “I’m really pleased by the performance of our admissions team this year, and delighted that so many families will have received a place at one of their preferred schools. Our schools are an engine of opportunity locally, giving our young people the best possible start in life.”

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Notes to editors:

About the Pan London Admission Board

The Pan London Admissions Board has overall responsibility for the school application co-ordination scheme in the capital. Membership includes representatives of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services, the London Inter Authority Admissions Group and the London Grid for Learning.

https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/press-release/16-april-2021/national-primary-offer-day-2021-98-get-preferred-school-place

Posted on Friday 16th April 2021