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However, even though nearly 90 per cent got one of their three choices 380 families have not got any of their preferences.

A total of 13,077 children have received primary school place offers this year and despite a shortage of primary places over 88 per cent have been offered their first preference, with a further 8.6 per cent getting their second or third preferences. Both figures slightly better than last year’s. Just 2.9 per cent, or 380 families, have not got any of their preferences.

Hundreds of extra school places have been created around the county in the past two years to help meet growing demand.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This is an exciting but tense time of year for parents as they find out where their children will be going on their first day of school.

“We’ve seen a rise in the birth rate in parts of the county, as indeed other local authorities have elsewhere in the country. But with careful planning, and the temporary or permanent expansion of some primary schools, we’ve once again been able to offer every child in Lancashire a school place.

He added: “I’m very pleased to see that like last year, almost 90 per cent of parents have gained their first preference, and this figure is likely to rise as appeals are heard.

“However, I know it can be very disappointing for parents if they are one of the few who don’t get one of their preferences, and our local admissions teams will be happy to give information and advice.”

All those whose initial offer is not for their preferred school will automatically receive a form with information about waiting lists and appeals.

Appeals are heard locally and will take place in June and July 2014.

For advice and information on school admissions and appeals, parents can telephone area education offices:

North (Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde): 01524 581112 or 581134

South (Preston, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Chorley): 01772 532191 or 532190.

• Is your child one of the unlucky ones? contact us via sonja.astbury@lep.co.uk or @sonjaastburylep

 

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