PARENTS are finding out which primary school their children will be attending from this autumn but while the day will bring joy for many families, others will be coping with disappointment.

Hundreds of thousands of four and five-year-olds across England are set to be allotted school places, on what is commonly known as National Offer Day.

Nine out of ten children across East Lancashire starting school this year got a place at their family’s preferred primary.

Just two per cent missed out missed out on one of their first three choices.

In Blackburn with Darwen Council’s area 90 per cent of children will go to their family’s first preference school, seven per cent to the second choice and one per cent to the third.

Two per cent have been allocated to a different primary. In the Lancashire County Council area - which includes Hyndburn, Burnley, Ribble Valley, Pendle and Rossendale - 90 per cent of primary school starters will attend their family’s first preference.

Eight per cent will go to schools which were the second or third preference and just two per cent to another primary.

Blackburn with Darwen’s figures represent and slight improvement on last year which saw 88 per cent of pupils getting places at their family’s first preference.

Lancashire County Council’s statistics saw a slight drop from 2018’s 90.6 per cent success rate for first choice placements.

Education director Edwina Grant said: “Careful planning means 98 per cent of pupils have been allocated a place at one of the schools they preferred, with the majority getting a place at the school they wanted the most. We’ve been able to offer every child a place.”