London Borough of Barnet

Reception places offered to 99 per cent of pupils

Published Wednesday 18 April 2012

Barnet Council has been working with the whole school community again this year to create an additional 450 reception places in order to meet 'unprecedented’ demand.

The additional places mean that 98.7 per cent of parents who applied for their child's primary school place on time have received an offer of a reception place. This is the first time in recent years the council has not been able to offer every child who applied on time a school place.

Along with many other London boroughs, Barnet is facing exceptional demand for primary school places.

Since 2009, Barnet Council has been increasing the number of primary school places available to children through a programme of permanent and temporary expansions.

From 2009/10 to 2012/13 the council has been working with headteachers, governors and parents to put on 43 additional classes, providing around1,300 additional reception places across the borough.

For September 2012, 15 additional reception classes (450 places) have been created through close co-operation with the whole school community. Two of these classes are permanent expansions and a further seven classes are planned to become permanent.

Robert McCulloch Graham, Director for Children's Service, said: "The council and the whole school community have been working incredibly hard together over the last three years to create an additional 1,300 reception places to cope with this unprecedented demand.

"This feat could not have been achieved without their close co-operation and I am confident we will be able to continue to work together to build extra capacity in our schools. The challenge now will be how we manage late applicants. We expect we will be able to meet the extra demand by September."

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