Hillingdon had London’s second highest percentage of children offered their first-choice primary school on 16th April.

Out of the 3,664 primary school applications processed by Hillingdon Council, 93.7% of children were offered their parents' first preference, while 98.79% offered a place at one of their top three, and 99.3% offered one of their six selections.

Hillingdon’s Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services Susan O'Brien said: "I am delighted to see so many children in Hillingdon receive their parents' preferred primary school place.

“In Hillingdon, we have many good and outstanding rated schools, and I am confident that every child will get the best learning experience from their primary school. 

"Education remains a top priority for the council and we continue to put families first with the continued investment in our school buildings and expansion programme to ensure children get the best start in life.”

Barking and Dagenham achieved the highest percentage of children being given their top selection with 94.4% of parents offered their first choice.

London-wide, 98% of students were offered at least one of their preferred schools, with 96% offered one of their top three. 

Primary school applications in London are down 7% on last year, which may have been down to parents missing the deadline due to the pandemic, or other pandemic related issues.

Martin Pratt, spokesperson for the Pan London Admissions Board and Executive Director, Supporting People at Camden Council, said: “Starting primary school for the first time is an important milestone for every child.

“This year, the admissions process has gone smoothly and nearly 89,000 parents will receive an offer of a preferred school place in the capital - with 79,000 of those being for their first preference school.

“93% of London’s schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, making it highly likely that children attending school here will get an excellent education."

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