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Waltham Forest well above London average for top choice secondary school offers

More than three quarters of children applying for secondary schools in Waltham Forest have been given a place at their top choice school.

Figures released by the Pan London Admissions Board last Wednesday (1 March) revealed Waltham Forest Council offered 78.21 per cent of young people a place at their preferred secondary school – the second highest rate in the capital. The average rate across London for first choice offers stands at 68.15 per cent.

Overall, nearly 97 per cent of children in the borough were offered a place at one of their six preferred schools. All of Waltham Forest’s secondary schools are now rated as “good” by Ofsted.

Cllr Grace Williams, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It’s hugely important for us that local families know we’re doing all we can to further their children’s education and development by getting them into a school of their choice.

“We’re very clear about our commitment to giving young people the best start in life, and ensuring we have enough school places to meet demand is very much part of this.”

For the academic year 2017/18, there were 3,084 Year 7 places in Waltham Forest, and the Council received 2,713 on-time pupil applications.

Every child in Waltham Forest will have been allocated a secondary school place once remaining late applications have been processed.

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