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Islington Council to investigate drop in number of pupils achieving first choice of primary school

PUBLISHED: 18:10 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:10 18 April 2017

Parents have found out whether their child has been given a place at one of their preferred choices of primary school.

Parents have found out whether their child has been given a place at one of their preferred choices of primary school.

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Islington Council has vowed to investigate why the number of pupils achieving their first choice of primary school has dropped this year.

Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington executive member for children and young people Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington executive member for children and young people

Parents received letters today informing them whether any of their top six preferences for their children’s September primary school have been successful.

In Islington 79.42pc of pupils bagged their primary school of choice, which is six pc lower than the London average and a one pc decrease since last year across the borough.

However, there has been a twopc increase in the number of pupils achieving their top three preference (94pc) and a one per cent increase in pupils receiving any of their top six offers (97 pc).

Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington Council’s education chief, said: “We’re proud of our borough’s excellent schools and pleased to see more parents than ever being awarded one of their top three choices of primary school for their children.

“The small decline in the number of parents who were awarded their first choice could be caused by the opening of a new academy in the community or an increase in the number of late applications or both.

“We’ll be investigating the reasons for this drop and considering how we can better help parents choosing a primary school for their child.”

Pupils who have not been allocated a place at one of their preferred schools have either been offered an alternative or will shortly be advised of their options.

If children are offered a school which is not their first choice, they will automatically go onto the waiting list for the schools which were a higher preference than the one they were offered. Places will be filled in the order of the school’s oversubscription criteria from the list as vacancies arise over the coming weeks.

Parents who are dissatisfied with their child’s offer may appeal to an independent panel. More information is available by visiting islington.gov.uk/children-and-families.

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