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FOUR per cent of Doncaster youngsters have missed out on their first choice of secondary school for September, figures have revealed.

Thousands of parents, guardians and carers in the borough were told yesterday which secondary school place had been offered to their child following outcomes of the 2011/12 school admissions process.

Doncaster Council said 96 per cent have received a place at their first choice of school, and claimed the council had maintained a good track record from last year.

The figures also revealed 99.14 per cent of children were offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

There were nearly 3,000 applications. Of those, 25 children did not receive one of their preferred schools, and have been offered a place at their local school instead.

Those who have been refused places have been offered the right to an independent appeal.

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for the children and young people’s service, Coun Andrea Milner, said: “Today is an important day for many families across the borough, and I’m delighted virtually all our children will be starting secondary school in September at a school they want to go to.

“For those people that are not happy with their decision letter, our school admissions team is on hand to work with families and offer support in identifying where alternative places are available.”

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