THERE has been a rise in the number of children being offered their first choice of primary school in Dorset.

Parents across the country have found out which primary or first school their child will attend in September 2018.

In Dorset, 95.5 per cent of parents are receiving the good news that their child has a place at their first choice of school - a 1.5 per cent increase on last year.

Just over 99 per cent gained one of their three preferences.

Dorset County Council (DCC) processed a total of 5,206 applications, including places for those starting school for the first time, transferring from infant to junior school and transferring from first to middle schools.

Deborah Croney, cabinet member for education, learning and skills at DCC said: “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. The council is continuing to work with schools to ensure there are enough places in the areas we need them.

“I wish all Dorset children the best of luck as they prepare to take the next step in their education in September.”

Online applicants can now see their outcome on the school admissions portal at

Those who sent a paper application form will receive letters shortly.

The number of children who were not offered a place at any of their preferred schools dropped by half, from 78 to 39. These pupils will be offered alternative schools and any parents wanting to appeal against the decision can do so at

For further information, please contact or phone 01305 225013.