We are changing the way in-year applications are processed by School Admissions during the COVID-19 crisis.
The local authority (NCC) will prioritise supporting those children most in need at this difficult time.
If your child does not currently have a school place
The School Admission Team will only process in-year applications for school places for children who do not have school places at the moment. All in-year applications will be checked thoroughly so that we are aware of the circumstances of all children and we aim to ensure that as many children as possible are placed on a school roll.
The government has asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
To reduce the spread of coronavirus, from Monday 23 March 2020, schools are only open to look after the children of key workers and vulnerable children. This means that only Looked After Children, children with a social worker, children classed as vulnerable learners and children of key workers will be able to attend school.
As a matter of priority, new school places will be allocated for Looked After Children, children with a social worker, children classed as vulnerable learners and children of key workers.
If you have recently moved to Northamptonshire and are without a school place, your application will be processed after applications from the children and young people identified above.
The local authority will work with academy trusts and schools to ensure that schools are kept open, but in some cases this may not be possible. We will work with schools to make the most appropriate arrangements and we will talk to parents about this. It may not always be possible for children to attend their usual school in order to ensure that children and staff are kept safe.
If your child has a school place but cannot attend their usual school
If your child is in any of the categories above (a vulnerable child or a child of a key worker), and if you need your child to go to school while you are at work, please contact your child’s school to arrange this. If your child cannot attend their usual school, the school will advise you which other school is available in the area. If there is any problem, the School Admissions team will contact both schools to find a solution.
If your child has a school place but is not classed as a 'vulnerable learner' and you are not a key worker
Your application will not be processed. You will may need to submit another application when schools reopen and we will contact you to discuss this when this happens.
We will be reviewing our processes frequently.
Before you consider
changing schools please consider whether this is the best option for your child.
To apply for an in-year transfer
Please read the important information below before completing the application form.
Northamptonshire County Council co-ordinates all in-year admissions for Northamptonshire schools,
except for the following:
If you wish to apply for a school place at any of the above schools, please contact the school directly.
Schools outside of Northamptonshire
To make an in-year application at a school
outside of Northamptonshire, please contact the local authority in which the school is situated.
Schools in Northamptonshire
Before you make an application for a Northamptonshire school (other than those listed above), please note:
You must not apply for a school place more than one month before it is required. Applications outside of this timescale will not be processed. Please see below for the processing dates for in-year applications that have requested to start in September 2019.
- The child must be a resident of the UK (see 'Moving to Northamptonshire' below).
- You may state up to three preferences on the application form (see
schools directory for list of schools).
- You may only apply if you are the person with parental responsibility for the child.
- Ensure you have read the further information below before applying.
- Some schools (e.g. faith schools and some academies) may require you to complete additional forms to enable them to apply their criteria.
These supplementary forms must be returned directly to the school. Use the
schools directory to check if the school you are applying to requires a supplementary information form to be completed.
- Your child should take up the school place within 10 school days, or by the date shown on the formal letter offering the school place.
- It is expected that your child will continue to attend their current school (where possible) until a school place at an alternative school is offered and a date has been arranged for admission.
A reference number will be automatically generated following successful submission of your form.
What happens after applying
To understand our process and timeframes in detail, please readhow we allocate in-year places (PDF 247KB).