Parents of one in 10 youngsters starting primary school later this year in St Helens have missed out on their first choice.
Figures released by St Helens Council reveal 90.52 per cent of the new 2015 cohort have received their number one preference.
The percentage of those handed their first choice has risen from 88.52 per cent last year.
Parents with children due to start primary education across the borough are asked to nominate a trio of schools in order of preference.
The number of applications continued to rise this year with 2,026 recorded in total.
In total, 1,834 families were offered places for their children at their preferred primary, up from 1805 out of 2039 last year.
Andy Dempsey, director of children and young people’s services, said: “Our admissions team and schools have worked exceptionally hard to achieve these excellent results.
“I’m proud of the effort they’ve put in and delighted that the vast majority of local families will obtain a place at a school of their choice.”
The figures also show 4.99 per cent of students have been handed a place at their second choice with 1.33 per cent receiving their third choice.
The percentage of those not granted a place at any of their three preferred choices is 3.16 per cent.
Last year it pledged improvements to buildings and facilities to boost intake figures.