ALMOST 97 per cent of children starting primary school in September will be doing so at their first choice school.

Cumbria County Council’s school admissions team confirmed that 96.8 per cent of children were offered their first choice while almost 99 per cent were given a place at their first, second or third choice.

Out of 4,586 applicants resident in Cumbria who applied by the closing date, 4,439 were offered a place at their first preference school.

The figures are slightly better than last year when 96.5 per cent were offered their first choice.

Sue Sanderson, cabinet member for schools and learning, said: “It’s great news that the vast majority of pupils have secured a place at their first choice school. Cumbria is a fantastic place to grow up and an important part of that is ensuring children can attend the schools their parents and carers want them to go to.

“While most will be very pleased with the result of their applications, where places have been refused, applicants have the right of appeal to an independent admission appeal panel.” Appeal details are attached to letters.

If any applicants have changed their mind since requesting a school place they are advised to contact the school admissions team either via email at or on 01228 221582.