The county council has issued an "unreserved apology" this morning after its school admissions web page crashed on the day 8,000 Northamptonshire children were to find out where their child would be studying.
Parents who applied for a secondary school place by the deadline of October 31, 2016, were meant to be able to log onto an online portal this morning (March 1) to view their child's school allocation.
But just over 8,000 households are being left with an anxious wait after the site - run by the firm Capita - displayed an error message this morning
It is now back online after the problem was fixed.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council, said this morning before the problem was rectified: “We apologise unreservedly for the problems parents are facing while trying to log on to the school admissions web pages today. We are deeply frustrated that this has happened.
“While this is of no comfort to parents right now, we are pleased to say the number of children getting their first preference school has increased to 82 per cent this year while 96 per cent have got one of their three preferences.”