Almost 95 per cent of families in Bath and North East Somerset have been offered their preferred choice for primary school places for 2018/2019.

The total number of applications received from B&NES residents was 1,759.

Of the total figure, 1,669 children got their first preference school, 66 pupils were offered their second preference and nine pupils offered their third preference – meaning 94.9 per cent got the school of their choice.

Figures show that fifteen pupils were not offered a place at any of their preferences and were offered a place at their next nearest school with a place available. This process is known as referrals. In 2017, the number of children offered their first place was 95 per cent, and in 2016 it was 93 per cent.

Councillor Paul May (Cons., Publow and Whitchurch), Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We work hard to make sure families applying for the available places are offered one of their three preferences and no child goes without an offer of a school place. I am pleased to see once again the majority of children have got their first preference and wish them a great start at their new schools in September.”