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Eighty per cent of Havering’s Year 6 pupils offered places at their first choice secondary school

PUBLISHED: 15:47 02 March 2018

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Havering has offered more Year 6 schoolchildren places at their preferred secondary school than almost any other London borough, the council has today confirmed (March 2).

The council revealed that 79.7pc of pupils will be starting at their first preference school this September – more than 10pc higher than the London average.

And the majority of those youngsters who ended up missing out on their chosen school were still handed places at their second or third choice.

Just 5pc of pupils were not offered places at any of their three chosen secondary schools.

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said he was “proud” of the statistics.

He added: “This excellent result demonstrates that the council continues to deliver high standards by working closely with parents and schools, providing appropriate information to make informed and realistic choices.

“We have also delivered additional school places, as part of the secondary expansion programme, offering parents more choice.”

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