Many Children Still Waiting For School Places
Ealing experiencing a 'significant demand' this year
More than 150 children are still waiting to be given a place at a local school despite the term already having started.
Primary classes have expanded by 195 this year but the Council say that Ealing, like many boroughs, is experiencing a significant demand for both primary and high school.
Currently 113 children are still not placed at primary school and 57 children have not got into high school.
A Council spokesperson said:
"All those who applied before the deadline in December were offered places at Ealing schools.
“The majority of those who applied after the deadline have also been offered places, but some parents have only applied in the last few weeks and we are still receiving new applications now.
“As in previous years, there are some parents who have declined their first offer while they wait for another place to become available. Other parents have accepted offers they may now not be taking up.
“Of those children who have accepted a reception class place, 96% were offered one of their preferred options. And of those starting high school this year, 88% were offered a place in one of their top three schools.
“Safeguards are in place to ensure that no Ealing child goes without a school place and the council has plans to further expand primary places to accommodate expected extra demand in the future. “
September 8th 2010