National Offer Day: Websites CRASH as families discover their child's secondary ... trends now
Anxious parents today faced a nail-biting wait to find out if their child had been offered their preferred secondary school place after a number of online portals crashed.
Hundreds of thousands of families across England are discovering what secondary school their child will be joining this autumn, on what is commonly known as National Offer Day.
But some parents have taken to social media to slam councils running the allocations after a series of websites - including in Leicestershire, Reading and Warwickshire - were plagued with technical issues.
Reading Council said a 'critical incident' had been declared after experiencing a technical fault with its Parent Portal and described it as 'a national issue'.
They said: 'Please note the Parent Portal for secondary school admission results is currently down.
But some parents have slammed local council websites, which have been plagued with technical issues, including in Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Reading
'This is a national issue and has been logged as a critical incident.'
In Leicestershire, some said they had checked the portal 'several times' to find out whether their child had received their first choice of secondary school, but no results were displayed. The issue was later resolved.
A county council spokesperson said: 'Following a technical issue this morning, parents can now access the online portal to see information about their child's secondary school place.
'We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused.'
Meanwhile, a Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said they were 'aware that some parents and carers have had problems with links to our website today' and apologised to those affected.
They added: 'However, our parent portal system itself is working well and we've had over 1,000 places accepted before 10am this morning.
'We'd like to reassure any parents or carers that these technical difficulties will not affect their school offer and they have until 15 March to accept their place.'
Some local council websites were plagued with technical issues, including Warwickshire and Reading Councils
Some parents reacted to their children's secondary school places, with some rejoicing that they had been offered their first choice.
Others were not as jovial and vowed to appeal the decision after their child did not get their first choice
Parents also used social media to react to the