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Nearly 250 Haringey children failed to win place at primary school of their choice

Almost 250 Haringey children had to be allocated places. Almost 250 Haringey children had to be allocated places.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:14 PM

Nearly 250 Haringey children will not be starting reception at a primary school of their choice in September, figures released today have revealed.

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A total of 244 children did not get into any of their families’ six choices - but every child has been offered a reception place at a primary school within the borough.

The figures also revealed 79.9 per cent of children did get a place at their first choice school, with a further 11 per cent getting a place at their second and third choice primaries.

Parents are able to put down six choices, ranked in order of preference.

Schools in the west of the borough proved the most popular, with 117 out of 120 successful applications to Coleridge Primary School, in Crouch End, being a first choice. Similarly, 29 out of 30 places at Weston Park were first choices, while all 60 of St Michael’s CofE Primary School reception pupils this September put the Highgate school as their first choice.

Demand has been so high that the council has announced it will add a class of 30 to St Mary’s CofE School, in Hornsey, for September. Places will be allocated by the end of April.

On the other end of the scale, just nine of the children starting at Hartsbrook E-ACT Free School - which hit the headlines for low standards earlier this year - chose to go there, and just one child chose to go to the yet-to-be opened Harris Free School Tottenham.

A Haringey Council spokesman said: “Every child who applied for a reception place for September 2014 has been offered a place in a Haringey school. 90% of on-time applicants have been offered a place at one of their top-three schools, and wherever possible at one of their six preference schools. Where it has not been possible to offer a child a place at one of their six preference schools, we have offered them a place at the nearest available school to their home address.

“It is common following offers, for more places to become available at popular schools as families consider their options.

“We understand that the process can cause for concern for parents and children, and we have produced detailed information to guide parents/carers through the process.

“We recognise that there is high demand for places at Haringey’s schools and we are exploring all options to increase local school place provision to help meet demand both this year and in coming years.”

+ Are you one of the families who did not get their child into a school of their choice? We’d like to speak to you - email flora.drury@archant.co.uk, or call 020 7433 6209.

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