More than 5,000 children in County Durham have received a place at one of their chosen primary schools for September 2017.

This year 94.8 per cent of applicants were placed in their first choice primary school, an increase on last year’s figure of 93.4 per cent.

Caroline O’Neill, Durham County Council’s Head of Education, said: “We know that for parents, the decision of where to send their children to primary is a big one and so we are delighted to be able to offer so many of them their first choice schools.

“InCounty Durham we have many good primary schools, which are exceeding the national averages for educational standards and attainment meaning the choice of excellent schools in Durham has never been as high.”

Of the 5,380 applications made, 5,098 pupils (94.8 per cent) have been offered their first choice school, 210 children (3.9 per cent) their second choice, and 24 (0.4 per cent) their third choice.

Only 48 children (0.9 per cent) were not able to be offered a place at one of their three preferred schools, but have been offered a place at another school as close to their home as possible.