Tower Hamlets Council has released information on primary admissions for 2015/16. It has emerged that 15% of applications did not receive an offer for their first preference.
Two wards (Island Gardens, Blackwall and Cubitt Town) saw 29% of applications failing to receive offers from their first preference.
Nationally, under the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition, the number of children in classes with over 30 pupils has more than trebled from 31,265 in 2010 to 102,615 in 2015.
Hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been spent on free schools in areas of the country where there are no shortages of places, while the number of young children in supersize classes has more than tripled since 2010.
Labour has announced it will end the free schools programme (using this money to cut class sizes), restore the role of Sure Start and protect the education budget.
Cllr Danny Hassell, Schools Spokesperson for Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
"Some wards in Tower Hamlets have seen really positive results on primary school offer day; however this picture isn’t replicated across the borough and indeed nationally. There is a clear issue with insufficient places on the Isle of Dogs and the east of the borough.
Nationally the coalition government has spent many millions on their free schools programme, leaving the government with limited ability to open new school places.
Labour has announced it will cap class sizes at 30, using money saved from scrapping the free schools programme. In the Labour Group, we believe that we should stand up for our children’s education and that is something we will continue to do.”
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group, said:
“The Labour Group has a strong record on speaking up for education – both locally and nationally. As a Group, we supported the successful campaign to stop Mayor Lutfur Rahman shutting our public-run nurseries and we’re campaigning to prevent the closure of Special Education Needs units in the Borough.
Nationally, Labour has a clear plan to raise school standards and protect the education budget. Labour will scrap the free schools programme to deliver smaller class sizes for five, six and seven-year olds to give children the best start and put Sure Start Centres back at the centre of communities.”