THE vast majority of children in North Yorkshire, 94 per cent, of primary school aged youngsters secure the first choice of school picked by their parents according to figures released by the county council.

Just over 98 per cent of families secured one of their top three preferences. "This is very good news for North Yorkshire families,"said Stuart Carlton, North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director of Young People’s Services. "We are pleased that so many families continue to gain the first preference from their choice and that the percentage remains consistently high.

"As a local authority we work hard with all North Yorkshire schools to ensure they deliver the highest standards of education so families not given their first preferences still send their children to good schools.