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MORE than 90 per cent of children due to start primary school in Lincolnshire in September have been offered a place at their first-choice school.

Parents eagerly awaiting news of where their children will start classes were sent out their offers last week.

Out of 6,992 applications sent to Lincolnshire County Council, 6,486 secured places at their preferred school.

There are an additional 348 pupils starting school this year than last.

Chris Wrench, Lincolnshire County Council’s pupil services manager, said: “Numerically, more children have got their first preference school this year because of the increase in the size of the overall cohort.

“We realise some areas are tight for places but overall most parents will be satisfied with the offer they have received for their children.

“Every child has been found a place at a school in Lincolnshire from the applications that have been sent in.”

Offers for second preference schools were sent to 306 pupils, while 66 were given offers for the school they listed as third choice.

Just 1.9 per cent – 134 pupils across the county – had no preference where they went to school.

In South Holland, the primary school with the most first preference applications was Spalding St John the Baptist Primary School.

The school in Hawthorn Bank was named as a first choice on 78 applications. Last week, 60 offers were sent out to parents – the maximum number which can be admitted to each year group at the school.

Federated schools Weston St Mary Primary and Surfleet Seas End Primary were among the schools with the fewest numbers of pupils hoping to join classes.

Two first-choice applications were received for Weston St Mary, while three were submitted for Surfleet Seas End.

Just three first choice applications were made for Holbeach St Marks and Holbeach Bank primary schools respectively.