ALMOST one in ten children were not offered a place at their first choice of school.

Many parents were left disappointed as 222 children missed out on their first preference primary or infant school in Brighton and Hove.

This was out of 2,561 applications.

A further 15 of these applicants were not offered any of their top three preferred schools.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said the parents of these children “were offered places at the nearest school to their home address that had places available”.

There were 174 pupils who were offered their second prefence and 33 who were offered their third preference, meaning 8.7 per cent were not given their first choice.

This is down from 10.6 per cent of applicants, 276 children, who missed out on their first choice in 2018.

Children will start in their new schools this September.