National Primary Offer Day: Barking and Dagenham is the best in London as nine out of ten children are offered a place at first preference school

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Barking and Dagenham is top of the class when it comes to primary school places, with 95 per cent (95.26) of parents being given their first preference, according to figures released today by the Pan London Admissions Board.

As well as being an increase of two per cent on last year’s performance, the east London borough ranked number one out of all 33 boroughs – smashing the capital’s average of 86.5 per cent.

The number of parents securing an offer from one of their top three preferences in Barking and Dagenham was 99 per cent (99.27) – an increase of one per cent on last year and was also higher than the London wide average of 96 per cent.

The deadline to apply for a primary school place was 15 January and figures show we received 3,313 applications.

‘To come out on top for all of London is very pleasing’

Jane Hargreaves, Commissioning Director of Education for the council, said: “In the last decade our borough’s population has increased significantly, so to come out on top for all of London is very pleasing and we are delighted to be able to offer so many parents their first preference primary school.

“Children and young people are our future, so we are working very hard to give them the best start in life by offering them the opportunity to have the education they choose.”

There are 43 Infant, primary and all-through schools across the borough.

Places for Barking and Dagenham are announced from 5pm on Monday, 16 April – commonly known as National Primary Offer Day – for parents who submitted their application online before the deadline, and from Wednesday 18 April for applications received by post.

The deadline to accept places is 30 April.