Nearly all Ealing and Hounslow pupils offered one of their preferred primary school choices

Image above: Primary school children at St Mary’s School in Chiswick

87.% of applications received their first preference school in Ealing, 85% in Hounslow

Almost all primary school applicants in the boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow have been offered places at one of their preferred schools, according to figures released on Monday (17 April).

In Ealing the data shows the percentage who received their first preference school was 86.95%, while 95.44% were offered a place at one of their top three schools and 97.45% applicants were successful in securing a place at one of their six preferred schools.

In Hounslow the data shows the percentage who received their first preference school was 85.48%, while 96.48% were offered a place at one of their top three schools and 97.89% of applicants were successful in securing a place at one of their six preferred schools.

In Hammersmith and Fulham only 81% received their first preference. 94.36% received one of their top three choices. 97% received one of their top six choices.

The figures are part of the Pan-London Admissions scheme, which has been responsible for coordinating primary school admissions in the capital since 2011. The scheme aims to simplify the application process for primary school admissions and ensuring a more equitable distribution of places across London.

Kensington and Chelsea had the lowest proportion of children receiving their top choice. Only 70% were allocated their first preference. The boroughs with the best success rate were the City of London and Barking and Dagenham, with 95.83% first preferences and 95.52% respectively.

Image above: Primary school children; library photograph

More children in London get into their first choice of school

More children in London are being offered a place at their top choice of primary school because applications for places are falling. The birth rate is falling and in the post-Covid work environment, more families are leaving London because of changes to their work pattern. Applications were down by 2.67% compared with last year.

Across the capital 88.57% of pupils received an offer from their first choice school. Last year the percentage was 87.93% .

A warm welcome to another year group

Cllr Lily Bath

Councillor Lily Bath, Cabinet Member for Children, Learning and Employment at Hounslow Council, said:

“It’s fantastic that over 98% of children starting primary school in September will be attending one of their preferred schools, and a large majority receiving a place at their first choice of school.

“Primary school sets out the foundations for our future generations, and I want to extend a warm welcome to another new year group in our schools, which provide high-quality education., I wish all the children the best of luck as they embark on this new journey.”

Last year, all of Hounslow’s schools were rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. A total of 13 primary Schools, six Secondary Schools and two Special Education Schools received the highest rating of Outstanding from inspectors.

In light of the ongoing pandemic and the associated disruptions to education, the news has been welcomed by LB Hounslow and will be a relief for most parents and guardians.