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THOUSANDS of letters and e-mails will be sent out by Derbyshire County Council on March 1 to tell parents which secondary school their child has been offered a place at.

Of those who applied by the closing date, 98.7 per cent have been offered their first choice school and 99.8 per cent have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

Councillor Mike Longden, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It is always a time consuming and difficult job for our staff to process all these applications and balance the requests of parents with the places each school has available.

“Parents have no automatic right to a place at a particular school but the requests of most parents have been met.”

Parents who have not got a place at their preferred school have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Information on how to appeal is available online by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions alternatively parents can get information from the admissions team on 01629 537499.

l Parents who have applied for places at infant, primary or junior schools for their child will be notified by letter on April 30.