Secondary school pupils to get chosen place

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Despite a rise of more than 1,000 applicants since last year, 96 per cent of secondary school pupils in Lancashire will be attending one of their preferred schools or academies in September.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This can be a nail-biting time of year for parents and children as they wait to hear which secondary school they’ve been allocated.

“It heartens me to know that more than 95% will be getting one of their three preferences and that 89% have their first preference.

“Numbers of applicants fluctuate year on year and this, along with some schools being very popular, can affect allocations.”