NEARLY all Wiltshire primary school starters will begin reception class in their first preferred school in September.

98.8 per cent of families were offered one of their top three choices, with 93.4 per cent of children able to go to their first choice.

This year there were 5,245 applications for children to start primary school across the county.

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for education, said: “This is a big day for thousands of families across Wiltshire and I am delighted that the overwhelming majority can look forward to an exciting future at their first choice primary school in September.

“The high numbers of families achieving one of their preferences is once again also due to the long term meticulous planning by our officers who ensure there are sufficient places across the county.”

Families who were unsuccessful have until May 14 to appeal the decision. Parents who wish to appeal for a place at a voluntary aided, foundation school or an academy should contact the school directly to confirm the appeal deadline date.

Parents who applied online can see which school their child will attend by going to