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Giving families their first choice school

More than 85 per cent of children in Waltham Forest have been given a place at their first choice primary school this year – making the borough the fifth best in London for preferred place offers.

Council officers have been working hard to accurately project the need for places in different areas throughout the borough – and figures published by local authorities across the country yesterday (Thursday April 16) reveal Waltham Forest as one of the most successful councils in the capital for offering families a place at their preferred primary school this September.

While the number of people receiving their first choice fell in many parts of England, Waltham Forest bucked the trend, with 85.21 per cent getting their desired school. This tops the London average, which stands at 80.97 per cent.

The Council has spent in excess of £100million providing new places to meet demand since 2008. This has created a total of 32 additional classes at borough primary schools where the demand for places is highest.

Primary schools that have already benefitted from expansion work to enable them to continue offering good or outstanding Ofsted-rated education to Waltham Forest’s young people include Newport, in Leyton, Mission Grove, in Walthamstow, and both Jenny Hammond and Davies Lane, in Leytonstone.

The Council has also worked collaboratively with successful academies to expand their primary provision – including Hillyfield, in Walthamstow, Chingford Hall, in Chingford, and Barclay, in Leyton.

This work is all part of Waltham Forest’s ongoing efforts to increase capacity in areas of greatest demand and ensure every child has access to a good or outstanding school.

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