New schools

Buckton Fields Primary School

The Department for Education (DfE) has agreed the opening of a new school on the Buckton Fields Development as part of the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust.

The proposed opening of the new 2-form entry school is scheduled for September 2021 and will initially only take pupils into reception.

Parents or carers wishing to apply for a place at this school, will need to apply directly to the Academy Trust and the application should be made in addition to the common application form for their other preferred schools which is made to the local authority.

The application form for Buckton Fields Primary School can be obtained via the school website.

Applications for the school should then be sent to Claire Clayson of the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust at claire.clayson@prestonhedges.org or posted to:

Preston Hedge’s Trust
Wootton Hope Drive
Northampton
NN4 6BU

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January at 4pm.

The Academy Trust will process applications for this school and offers will be made by the Academy Trust on Friday 16 April 2021 from 9am.

Please note: If the Academy Trust have not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State opening the school by that date, these will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once the funding agreement is signed.

Parents or carers must still submit their common application form to their local authority by 5pm on 15 January 2021 listing their other preferred schools and will still receive an offer of a school place from the local authority on national offer day (16 April 2021).

Parents or carers who have been offered a place at Buckton Fields Primary School for their child will be contacted by school admissions after national offer day and will have to decide which school place they will accept.

For more information please visit the school website or email catherine.gautrey@prestonhedges.org.

Oversubscription admission criteria:

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below in priority order.

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or a special guardianship order
  2. Children with a brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission of the child
  3. Children who live closest to the school on a straight-line basis and live within the defined area
  4. Other children

Please note: The defined area is the area within the Buckton Fields housing development marked on the admissions map by a red boundary. You can view the map on the school website.

If in criterion 2-3 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted the child living closest to the school on a straight-line basis will be given priority for admission. The Academy Trust will undertake the appropriate measurements. Distances are measured from the address point of your home to the address point of the school on a straight-line basis, using a geographical information system. Each address has a unique address point established by the most valuable elements from the National Land and Property Gazeteer (NPLG), Ordnance Survey Master Map, Royal Mail Postal Address File and The Valuation Office Agency. The address point for a property does not change.

Tie-breaker

Where two or more children share a priority for a place in criterion 2 –3 above, e.g. where two children live equidistant from the school, these places will be allocated using random allocation undertaken by an independent body. However, if children of multiple births are tied for the final place those siblings will be admitted over Published Admission number (PAN) as permitted by infant class size rules.

Marie Weller Primary School 

The DfE has agreed the opening of a new primary school in Towcester as part of The Hawksmoor Learning Trust.   The Marie Weller Primary School is to be built on the Sustainable Urban Extension in Towcester and is scheduled to open in September 2021 with a single Reception year class (30 pupils).

The address of the new school will be:

Marie Weller Primary School
Redcar Road
Towcester
NN12 6LZ

Applying for places at Marie Weller Primary School in Towcester

Parents and carers wishing to apply for a Reception place at this school for September 2021 will need to apply directly to The Hawksmoor Learning Trust.  Parents and carers should also complete the Local Authority’s Common Application Form to apply for places at up to 3 other primary or infant schools.

More information about the Marie Weller Primary School and details of how to apply for places at the school, can be obtained by contacting The Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School:

Tel: 01327 351466
Email: enquiries@mwps.thlt.academy
Or by visiting their website.

The closing date for the first round of applications is Friday 15 January (5 p.m.), though applications for places at Marie Weller can continue to be made after this date. The school will administer its own waiting list.

The Hawksmoor Learning Trust will process applications for places at the school and offers will be made by trust on national offer day, Friday 16 April 2021 from 9 a.m. 

Please note: If the Academy Trust has not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education by 16 April 2021 confirming that the school will open in September 2021, any offers made will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once the funding agreement has been signed.

Therefore, parents and carers must still submit their common application form to their local authority by 5 p.m. on 15 January 2021 listing their other preferred schools and they will still receive an offer of a school place from the local authority on national offer day (16 April 2021).

In situations such as these, parents or carers may hold offers for two school places on national offer day: one offer of a place at Marie Weller and another offer from the local authority for a place at another primary school. Only one place can be allocated so the school admissions team will contact parents and carers of children who hold two offers after national offer day to ask parents which school place they want to accept – the place at Marie Weller, or the place offered by the LA on national offer day.

Oversubscription admission criteria 

When the academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order
  2. Children who will have a brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission
  3. Children of Staff
  4. Children who are eligible for Pupil Premium and/or Service Premium
  5. Children who live closer to Marie Weller Primary School than any other school
  6. Other children

Where it is necessary to choose between two or more applicants within criterion 2-6 for a final place, the tiebreaker will be distance, with the child who resides the nearest to Marie Weller Primary School being given the place. Where there is more than one applicant at the relevant distance, then the tiebreaker will be random allocation. The random allocation process will be independently supervised. Random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place. We will admit them all, as permitted by the infant class size rules and exceed our PAN.