More than 5,000 children in County Durham have received a place at one of their chosen secondary schools for September 2017.
Parents of 5,088 soon to be Year 7 pupils will on March 1 receive offers for the forthcoming academic year, with 98.3 per cent of them given one of their preferred choices.
Of the 5,088 applications made, 4,849 pupils (95.3%) have been offered their first choice school, 129 children (2.5%) their second choice, and 26 (0.5%) their third choice.
Only 84 children 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.
Cllr Ossie Johnson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “We know that for parents the decision of where to send their children is a big one and so we are delighted to be able to offer so many of them their first choice schools.
“In our county we benefit from many schools with superb facilities and dedicated, talented staff, and we hope that wherever pupils study they will be happy and successful.”