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Today marked the first time that every primary school across the UK decided on their intake on the same day.
Although most youngsters ended up exactly where their parents wanted them to go, it meant that thousands in the south east missed out on their top choice. And well over a thousand children did not get any _of the schools they wanted.
As Sarah Saunders reports, the real problem was too few schools and too many children.
Around one in seven children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places.
Hundreds of thousands of families across the country have been learning which school their child will be attending from this September, in the first ever primary National Offer Day
Early figures indicate that a child's chances of getting their top choice depend heavily on where they live, with almost all getting their first preference in some places, and more than a third missing out in others.
A survey conducted by the Press Association, based on responses from more than 50 councils, found that nationally, 86.99% of four-year-olds have won a place at their first preference school this year.
But this means that 13.01% - almost one in seven youngsters - have missed out.
Almost 90% of parents have been allocated a place at their first place school across Hampshire.
More than 97% have been offered a place at one of their top three schools, according to Hampshire County Council.
In total, Hampshire County Council’s Admissions Service has processed almost 15,000 applications for primary school places.
The news comes after the council agreed a new budget that included investment of £150 million to expand and build new schools, creating thousands of school places to meet forecast demand.
More families than ever have been offered their first choice of primary school in Reading.
A total of 1,673 families were offered their first choice place for primary schools, but an increase in applications means the allocations is slightly down from last year.
There has been an on-going and significant increase in the population of primary school children in Reading since 2012 and every family who applied has been offered a place.
The Council is meeting this increased demand with a £64 million investment in 13 primary schools across Reading.
The first new places are available from this September, along with some one-off additional classes and the new Heights Primary School in Caversham.
More than 94% of schoolchildren have been offered their preferred schools in this year's primary schools admission.
The number of applications received by Brighton and Hove City Council for a primary school places has gone up by 170 since last academic year.
The council have said that where preferred choices have not been met, parents have been offered a place at the nearest school that has places.
Nearly 90% of children of children in Oxford have been offered a place at their first choice of school.
This is despite a large increase in the number of applications received by the council - with an extra 209 children attaining first preference places compared with 2013.
Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families Melinda Tilley said: “We are pleased to be able to offer first-preference places to the overwhelming majority of children.
"Oxfordshire has a strong record in this respect and compares favourably with other parts of the country, but like many other areas we are expecting the school age population to continue to rise in the coming years."
Parents are finding out today if their children have been given their first choice of primary school.
Thousands of new places have been created to meet a growing demand.
Today is the first national "offer day" when admissions have been coordinated by all 152 local authorities in England at the same time.
An increase in birth rate combined with an influx of migrants in some areas has driven an increase in the number of four and five-year-olds starting school.
There is concern that more children will miss out on their first choice place because of this.
The Department of Education has given local authorities £5 billion to create more primary school places, with a further £2.35 billion made available between 2015 and 2017.