Search

Camden parents some of the least likely to get first choice primary school place for children

12:41 13 May 2013

73 per cent of parents applying for primary school places in Camden were successful with their first choice application for the next academic year

73 per cent of parents applying for primary school places in Camden were successful with their first choice application for the next academic year

Archant

Parents in Camden are among the least likely in London to be offered a place for their child at their first choice primary school.

Figures released by the Pan London Admissions Board show that 73 per cent of parents applying for primary school places in Camden were successful with their first choice application for the next academic year

This fell well below the average number receiving first choice school places across London. The average for the capital was 81 per cent and only Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea recorded fewer first choices.

By contrast Haringey neared the top of the table in seventh place, with almost 84 per cent of children receiving a place at their first choice primary school, and Barnet was mid-table with a rate of 80 per cent.

Cllr Theo Blackwell, Camden Council’s cabinet member for finance, insisted the figures were “hugely impressive” in the light of the popularity of Camden schools and the challenges facing the local authority.

“There is competition for places because our schools are obviously the best in the country,” he said. “We can’t stop people on the borders coming in. We give places to children from Brent, Islington, Barnet and Westminster.”

He also pointed to the constraints placed on local authorities by government policy and spending cuts.

But he said Camden was bucking the trend London-wide with its Community Investment Programme (CIP) allowing it to invest in schools with money from selling off council-owned properties.

“We are one of the only councils in London with its own programme to expand schools, paid for by us. We are trying to do what we can in the context of government policy which says we should have no involvement in schools.”

Last year, plans for a brand new state-of-the-art school for the deaf in King’s Cross won the go-ahead from Camden Council, hard evidence of Camden’s commitment to improving school provision, Cllr Blackwell says.

Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children will move from its current location in the Jubilee Waterside Centre, in Camley Street, King’s Cross, to the new King’s Cross Development in 2015.

Last July, the council also approved plans for an extension to Kingsgate Primary School in West Hampstead, which will have a new building in nearby Liddell Road to provide an extra 60 school places a year.

West Hampstead is one of the areas of the borough that has experienced greatest pressure on school places in recent years.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

13:00
Ramesh Kumar Wattel at the pop-up show. Picture: Polly Hancock.

A pop-up exhibition of photographs documenting an extraordinary journey from Camden to the Indian mountains has gone on show in a piano shop.

08:00
Liz Bingham was recognised in the New Year's Honours List

Liz Bingham OBE is managing partner of people and talent at Big Four accountancy firm Ernst and Young. The 52-year-old was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List earlier this month for promoting equality in the workplace. She has lived in West Hampstead for 18 years.

Yesterday, 13:00
Author Helen Harris signs copies of her book. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Author Helen Harris marked the release of her new book with a launch event at a bookshop in South End Green.

Yesterday, 08:00
Emma Thompson pays tribute to the life of Helen Bamber at a memorial service. Picture: David Parry

Emma Thompson was one of a handful of stars who led tributes to their close friend and advocate for victims of torture, the late Helen Bamber, at a memorial service.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder