Good news for Waltham Forest parents on National Offer Day

4 March 2019
Waltham Forest Town Hall

Provisional figures show that nearly three out four children in the borough have received a place in their first-choice of school on National Offer Day – the second-highest total in London.

Parents across the capital received the news from the Pan-London Admissions scheme on Friday 1 March. 74.09 per cent of those who applied in Waltham Forest were offered their first preference, above the London average of 65.89 per cent and second only to Havering at 77.11 per cent.

Cllr Grace Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I know that many parents have been anxiously waiting to hear the news about whether they have been successful in their first choice of school place for their children. I am proud that we have performed so well and been able to offer so many parents their first choice. It’s a real credit to the admissions team and their dedication.

“Education is vital as we strive to do all we can to improve the life chances of our young people and set them up for success. It’s not just about academic achievement, it’s about supporting our young people to pick up the confidence and social skills they need in their adult lives.

“We have wonderful, high-performing schools in Waltham Forest and I’d like to pay tribute to all of  the teachers, school staff, council officers and partners for the excellent work they do.”

Despite the growth in demand for secondary places, Waltham Forest Council continues to expand the places available in its schools so that parents can be sure children are receiving the high-quality education they expect and pupils deserve.

Primary school places in London have been co-ordinated through the Pan-London Admissions scheme since 2011. The aims of the scheme are to simplify the application process for primary school admissions and ensure a fairer distribution of places available across London. The scheme is well-perceived by parents. A 2017 poll, carried out by YouGov on behalf of London Councils, showed 82 per cent of parents said the system of applying was ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ easy.

This year in London, 95,305 pupils applied for a secondary school place - an increase of 3.02 per cent compared to 2018.