When will I find out which school my child has been allocated a place at?
You can apply for a primary school place if your child:
- will turn 4 between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 and starting primary school in September 2013 (in some parts of the county this may be an infant or lower school)
- is in the final year at an Infant School (Year 2) and due to transfer to Junior School in September 2013
- is in the final year of a Lower School (Year 4) and due to transfer to Middle School in September 2013
The deadline for applications was 15th January 2013 (5:00pm). Applications received after this date will be treated as late and processed from May 2013 onwards.
Before you apply
For guidance on how to apply, we strongly recommend that you read this booklet (you can also find copies in schools or libraries):
How to make a late application
You can still make an application for primary, junior or middle school. To make a late application you can either:
- use the late application online form, or
- complete a paper application form. These can be requested by calling our Customer Service Team on 0300 126 1000.
The application process
Reception year applications
You may have already given your child's details to a school. Please note that this does not guarantee a place at the school and no priority is given to these pupils. You must complete a local authority application form.
You must apply for a school place even if:
- your child has an older brother or sister at the school
- your child is attending a nursery class or nursery unit at the school.
Please do not assume a place will be automatically allocated in these cases.
It is a parent's responsibility to ensure an application is completed for their child. School places are allocated strictly using the oversubscription admission criteria and not on a first come first served basis.
Junior / Middle School Applications
All infant schools have a linked junior school and children attending the infant school have some priority within the oversubscription criteria. This works similarly for lower schools and their linked middle schools in East Northamptonshire.
Each year a small number of parents choose to state a preference for a primary school (age range 4 - 11) rather than a junior or middle school.
Primary schools do not have a natural intake at year 3 or 5 so preferences for primary schools will not be considered in the same way. The Admissions team will write to any parent who states a preference for a primary school with further information.
How do I apply for a primary school in another county?
The allocation of primary school places is coordinated, meaning parents must apply to their home authority. Therefore, if you live in Northamptonshire you must apply to Northamptonshire County Council even if your preferred school is in another authority.
Equally, if you are not resident in Northamptonshire, you must apply through your home authority even if your preferred school is in Northamptonshire.
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