Nine out of 10 parents have been allocated their first choice secondary school in Staffordshire.

Figures from Staffordshire County Council showed there were 7,494 applications, with just over 92.5% of families landing their top pick – above the national average of 84%.

Meanwhile, 97% of applicants received one of their three preferred schools in the county.

Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet member for learning and skills at Staffordshire County Council said: “We have an excellent track record of achieving well above the national average for first preferences, and for top three preferences as a whole.

Giving clear guidance, plus working with schools in Staffordshire and in neighbouring authorities, means we can allocate places efficiently and, in the vast majority of cases, allocate parents one of their top three preferred schools.”

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