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 o 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 see:
Fair access - Providing appropriate education for children of statutory school age
All local authorities have in place a Fair Access Protocol (FAP) in order to ensure that ‘unplaced’ children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place as quickly as possible.
The operation of FAP is outside the arrangements for coordination and is triggered when an eligible child has not secured a school place under normal in-year admission procedures. The local authority must ensure that no school - including those with available places - is asked to take an unfairly large number of children who have been excluded from other schools or who have challenging behaviour.
There is no duty to for local authorities or admission authorities to comply with parental preference when allocating places through the FAP. However, parental preference will be considered.
In order to identify whether a child meets the criteria of the Fair Access Protocol or whether additional support may be required in school for a successful reintegration, parents are encouraged to complete the questions on the in-year application, providing as much information as possible regarding the child’s previous history.
Fair Access Protocol Policy
More detail is available in our Fair Access Protocol Policy: