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Parents wait as school places announced today

Thousands of parents wait to hear if their children have been given their first choice primary school Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of parents in the Midlands will find out today if their child has gained a place at their preferred state primary school. In Leicestershire and Staffordshire, 9 out of 10 parents have been offered their first choice compared with 84 percent in Nottingham City.

This comes despite a rise in birth rates of up to 11 per cent in places like Staffordshire over the last decade putting more pressure on school places.