ALMOST 100 percent of children in Lancashire received an offer from one of their preferred primary schools.

This information came to light as both Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council revealed that in the region of 98 per cent of pupils have been offered a place at one of their top three choices of primary schools.

Figures for admissions from Lancashire County Council show that 90.6 percent will get their first choice while 7.48 percent will go to schools which were their second or third preference.

Meanwhile in Blackburn with Darwen, 88.1 per cent are guaranteed their first choice, with 7.2 per cent their second and 2.21 per cent their third.

County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: "This is an exciting but anxious time of year for parents, as they find out where their child will be starting school.

"School places are allocated fairly and objectively and every application is agreed upon using the criteria which have been agreed for that school.

"However, I know it can be very disappointing for parents if their child is 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."

A total of 13,603 children have received primary school place offers this year.