Havering parents celebrating after 80 per cent of pupils accepted into first-choice secondary schools

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 March 2014

Approximately 80 per cent of Havering pupils will go to their chosen secondary school

Approximately 80 per cent of Havering pupils will go to their chosen secondary school

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Parents are celebrating after 80 per cent of pupils in the borough were accepted into their first-choice secondary schools.

Of the thousands of applications sent off, 95 per cent saw youngsters offered a place at one of their first three choices.

The figures make Havering the joint top borough in the capital for this, alongside Bexley, with other boroughs all scoring below 80 per cent.

The London average for pupils getting their first choice was 69 per cent, with 90 per cent accepted into one of their top three schools.

Many Havering parents took to Facebook to share their good news.

Julia Gray said: “My daughter got into her first choice (Bower Park) she’s over the moon.”

Michelle Simpson, whose son was accepted into his top choice Bower Park, said: “My daughter is in Year Ten and she loves it! Can’t wait for my son to get started in September.”

Kelly Sherwood’s twin boys were accepted into their second choice of Drapers’ Academy.

“Their first choice was Marshalls Park, but the main thing is the boys are okay with that,” she said.

However, over on Streetlife, user “miss” added: “I was lucky for my child to get their first choice; have heard of three classmates appealing as they got none of their choices and got sent a place in a school not on the list.”

Cllr Paul Rochford, Havering Council’s cabinet member for children and learning, said: “While we’re pleased 80 per cent of pupils got a place at their first choice, we know 20 per cent did not.

“We always do as much as we can to give pupils places at their favoured schools. But we must take into account factors including location and the number of places available at each school.”

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