The county council says hundreds of pupils will be offered places at a preferred school today.

Many parents and children were left disappointed when school places were revealed earlier this month – for example in St Albans, 189 children had no offer.

But Hertfordshire County Council’s councillor for education, Cllr Terry Douris, says all Herts children have now been offered a school place following the first round of continuing interest.

In St Albans district, 212 children will be sent a new offer today, with 138 children being offered a place at a preference school.

While 170 places at a new school in Harpenden, Katherine Warington, have been allocated and the school will open in September 2019.

Cllr Douris said: “Following our first round of continuing interest I am pleased to say that, as expected, all Hertfordshire children have now been offered a school place.

“Across Hertfordshire, 575 new allocations to preference schools will be released today.

“These places have been offered in accordance with our allocations process and the admission arrangements of individual schools and academies. Of the 189 children who have been waiting for a place, 61 per cent have been offered one at their ranked schools.

“We really appreciate the last few weeks have been a worrying time for parents in the St Albans and Harpenden areas and hope that they are now able to accept the places offered by March 28.