NEARLY every Hampshire parent has been offered a place for their child at one of their preferred school, county councillors have said.

It comes as families across the south wait to see which secondary school their child will be going to this September.

A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said this year has seen a “high allocation of preferred choices for Year 7.”

They said: “Of the parents applying for a September 2018, Year 7 place at a Hampshire secondary school, 98 per cent have been offered a school of their choice - with more than 92 per cent being allocated a place at their preferred first choice school.”

Children’s services boss Cllr Keith Mans said: “Yet again, we have been able to offer a very high number of pupils a place at their preferred secondary school. Considering the size of Hampshire and number of students to accommodate, this is a sizeable achievement.

“Thanks to our track record in planning for the future and our sustained investment in school expansions and new schools, we are ensuring that we can provide a school place for every child and keeping pace with the rising number of pupils.”

But he added that disappointment for some parents is down to “individual schools with exceptionally high demand, which is a credit to the high standard of teaching at these schools.”

HCC received 13,981 on-time applications this year, up by 428 from last year.

Pupils who did not secure a place at one of their chosen schools have been allocated a place at a school near to where they live, with available spaces.

They have the right to appeal in these situations and their child’s name will be added to the waiting list for their preferred schools.

Southampton City Council are yet to release the results of their offers.

Primary school offers will go out to parents on April 16.