NINE out of 10 parents in Lancashire got their first choice primary school, despite high pupil numbers.

Figures from Lancashire County Council show a further 8.6 per cent are being offered a place at their second or third choice school – both figures slightly better than last year's.

Blackburn with Darwen Council is also reporting an improvement, with 89 per cent getting their first choice, up from 86 per cent.

Lancashire County Council said careful management of the numbers of school places meant that the vast majority of new starters would be lining up in the playground of their preferred school.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for schools, said: “This is an exciting but tense time 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.

“I'm very pleased to see that like last year, almost 90% 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.”

Blackburn with Darwen schools councillor Dave Harling said: “It’s great news that more parents are getting into their first choice than last year.”S