Rising demand for primary school places met

19 April 2016


Every Brent child, whose parents applied on time, has been offered a primary school place for September 2016, thanks to a major programme to build new school places.


Figures published yesterday (18 April 2016) show that Brent Council received 3,919 on time applications for places at primary school reception classes - a rise of 8.35 per cent from 3,617 applications in 2011, reflecting the growing demand for school places in the borough.


Of the applications received for September 2016, 81.29 per cent were offered their first preference primary school compared with 80.44 per cent in 2015.


Brent Council has a £92million programme of planned permanent expansions which will create 630 reception places by September 2016.


Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said:


"I'm delighted that we have met the demand for primary school places for 2016 so far and that the number of first-preference allocations has increased yet again. There will be late applications but I expect we will be able to meet this demand as well.


"Like all London boroughs, Brent is experiencing enormous pressure on school places but I would like to reassure parents and carers that we are doing everything we can to create the high quality school places which they rightly expect for their children."