Around 93 per cent of youngsters in Bury have been allocated their first choice primary school - marginally up from last year.

The figures come as hundreds of thousands of families across England are finding out which primary school their child will be joining this September, on what is commonly known as National Offer Day.

Data published by the council today, Tuesday, shows that around 93.4 per cent of pupils ( 1,856) attend their first choice school in September, a slight increase from 92.1 per cent last year (1,923).

For the upcoming school year, a total of 95 pupils (4.8 per cent) were offered a place with their second preference and 12 pupils (0.6 per cent) were offered a place at their third choice.

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This compares to 2023, when a total of 118 pupils (5.6 per cent) were offered a place at their second choice and 24 pupils (1.1 per cent) were offered their third preference.

All children in Bury have been allocated a school place this year.

Meanwhile, early findings from a PA news agency survey of local authorities shows a youngster’s chances of winning a place at their preferred school varies depending on where they live in the country.

The survey, sent to councils across England – excluding London, shows many local authorities have seen a rise in the proportion of children receiving their top choice compared with last year.

As of midday on Monday, 37 of 52 councils, which provided comparable data, saw a rise in the proportion of children securing their preferred school compared to 2023.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “More children than ever before are receiving a world-class education, with 90 per cent of schools rated good or outstanding.

“This is an important day for many families as they look ahead to their child’s future, and the vast majority will get their first choice of primary school.

“Our plan to give every child a brighter future is working, with more money than ever before being invested in our schools at over £60bn, the highest level ever in real terms per pupil.”