Relief for Lambeth parents and carers as council offers every child September school place

Delighted Lambeth parents and carers of children whose application was on time has received an offer of a secondary school place, figures reveal.

More than 82% of those who applied to a secondary school in the borough have been offered a place at their first or second-choice school.

The remaining 17.4% didn’t receive either their first or second choice.

This contrasts to 2005 when more than 570 pupils in the borough were left in limbo without places allocated for their secondary education.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Imogen Walker, said: “The days when a child’s future depended on an offer that might or might not arrive in the post are behind us, because the hard work of our education services has taken that uncertainty out of the system.

“The vast majority of our children will be going to the school they wanted this September, and they can look forward to the next stage of their education with confidence, instead of wondering where they might end up at school.

“Ensuring that, for the third year in a row, every child in the borough has a place waiting for them is a tremendous achievement.”

The council has confirmed that there are also enough spaces in Lambeth schools to support all late applicants.

The introduction of the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme in 2005 has seen the application process simplified and an increase in the number of pupils who receive an offer from one of their preferred schools.

Picture courtesy of Pete, with thanks

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