MORE than 99 per cent of parents in the Dorset Council area awaiting confirmation of their child’s school have received the news their son or daughter gained one of their three preferences.

Of 4482 applicant, 99.09 per cent received on of their preferences, up from last year’s total of 98.8 per cent and includes places for those starting school for the first time, transferring from infant to junior school and transferring from first to middle schools.

Of 3105 applications for a reception place at primary, infant and first schools, 98.9 per cent secured a place at one of their preferred schools.

One hundred per cent of children got their first choice junior school, 97.5 per cent got their first choice middle school and 95 per cent for their first choice for reception.

Councillor Andrew Parry, Dorset Council portfolio holder for children, education and early years, said: “Today is an important day for young people, as well as their parents and carers, as they find out which school they will be joining in September.

“We’re very pleased that Dorset has seen more pupils than ever being offered their first choice of school. It is great news for children – and their parents and carers.

“I’d like to wish all Dorset students the very best of luck as they get ready to join their new schools.”