One in four Camden children miss out on top choice of primary school

Children received their primary school place offers yesterday. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

Children received their primary school place offers yesterday. Picture: Dominic Lipinski - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nearly a quarter of children in Camden have missed out on their first choice of primary school after offers were made yesterday.

Meanwhile, 60 Camden children, equivalent to 3 per cent of applicants, are without any offer of a school place, figures from Camden Council have revealed.

This year has seen an unprecedented pressure on school places, with a record 103,387 applications for places received by London boroughs this year, up 900 from last year.

Camden Council has pledged to work hard to secure all children a reception class place for September.

A Camden Council spokesman said: “In the coming weeks, as families accept or decline these offers, we expect this picture to change significantly and are working hard with families to secure all our residents a reception place for September 2015.”

A total of 83 per cent of Camden children have received an offer of a place at their first and second choice of primary school - a similar figure to last year.

About 97 per cent of children received any offer of a place.

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In Barnet, one in five of children missed out on their top choice of primary school, while more than 5 per cent did not receive a school place offer.

It was a similar story in Westminster, where one in five also missed out on their first choice and nearly 4 per cent received no offers.

In Haringey, more than 84 per cent of children in Haringey received their top choice of primary school – smashing the London average of 81 per cent.

But more than 3 per cent did not receive any offers.