Primary school place offers

​How will I find out which school my child has been allocated?

All parents who applied for their child's primary school place by the deadline of 15 January 2018 will have now received an offer of a school place for their child in one of two ways:

  • If you applied online you will have received your child’s allocated school place via email on 16 April 2018 to the email address you used to apply. 
  • If you applied using a paper form, you will have received your child’s allocated school via a letter posted on 16 April 2018.

I have submitted a late application, when will I find out which school my child has been allocated?

Late applications are dealt with in rounds. Each round has a cut off for applications to be included in it. The allocation process can take a number of weeks, depending on how many applications are received.

Emails will be sent to all late applicants who apply online. We will only inform parents of children on a waiting list if we are able to offer a place. Otherwise, their child's name will remain on the waiting list for the next round.

There is no need to contact us after completing a late application form, or on the process start date - we will contact you once an offer has been made.

Applications received by​​Process start date (please note, it can take up to 3 weeks to process and send offers to parents)
Round 1​11 May 2018, 5pm​21 May 2018
​Round 2​13 June 2018, 5pm1​8 June 2018
​Round 3​27 June 2018, 5pm​2 July 2018

​​​Applications received after 27 June 2018 will be processed according to our in year policy from the end of July 2018.

What happens after I receive the offer of a primary school place for my child?

If you are accepting the school place offered and:

  • The school is within Northamptonshire - you do not need to contact the county council. We will assume that you have accepted this offer unless you let us know that it is no longer required (see below).
  • The school is situated outside of Northamptonshire - you should contact the school directly, as their process may need you to formally accept the place for your child.

What should I do if I no longer need the offered place?

If you have made alternative arrangements for your child's schooling (for example, in the private sector) please let us know as soon as possible that the place is no longer required by emailing schoolallocations@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Why didn’t I get a place at the school(s) for which I applied?

For a small number of children it has not been possible to allocate a place at their preferred school(s). When there are more children applying for a school than there are places available (known as the published admission number or PAN), the oversubscription criteria are used to decide which children should be allocated a place. If your child has not been offered a place at your preferred school(s), it means that the school filled up to it's PAN with children who had a higher priority than your child within the oversubscription criteria.

The following documents explain how places have been allocated at each primary school in the county (where the local authority has this information):

Why have you offered me a school I didn’t ask for?

We (the local authority) have to provide a school place for all children living within the county. If it has not been possible to offer a place at your preferred school(s), we have offered a place at the nearest school to your home address that still had places available at the end of the process. We would advise you to consider carefully the school you have been offered. You may decide to visit to find out more about the school and you may then be content to accept the offer of a place there. 

What are my options if I am not happy with my child's primary school allocation?

There are 3 options available to you:

How do I add my child's name to a waiting list?

You can add your child's name to a waiting list for any school you have been refused a place at. You must have applied for this school on your original application.

You can either:

Please do not call us - you will be asked to put your request in writing.

On all correspondence you must include your child's name and date of birth otherwise it will cause a delay in your request being processed.

For schools with foundation, voluntary aided or academy status your request will be forwarded to the school if they hold their own waiting lists.

To add your child's name to a waiting list for a school outside of Northamptonshire, you should contact the Admissions Team in the county where the school is situated. 

What happens if a place becomes available at my preferred school?

Any places that become available at community or voluntary controlled schools after the first round of allocations (16 April) or places that still remain will be reallocated on a monthly basis within the additional rounds of allocation.

See key dates and deadlines

All those on the waiting list, those who have submitted late applications and those who have requested an appeal will be considered against the oversubscription criteria for the school.

Most foundation, voluntary aided and academy schools will also allocate any vacant places on these dates.

If you have been successful in gaining a place, you will be notified in writing. You do not need to contact us on these dates.

How long will my child's name stay on the waiting list?

Waiting lists for community and voluntary controlled schools are kept for one school term only. Names placed on a waiting list between April and September 2018 will be removed in December 2018 unless you contact us in writing (before 31 December 2018) to renew your request for the spring term.

Foundation, voluntary aided and academy schools hold their own waiting lists. You should check with the school directly for their waiting list policy.

Some schools have places remaining. To find out which schools have places available download the document above relevant to your area of the county.

How do I apply?

If you wish to be considered for a place at a school which still has places available, you should complete the late application online form.

See how to apply.

Making changes to your application

If you have already received a school offer and choose to submit a further application, we will not contact you before processing the application. Any new school place will automatically be allocated and any original school place will be reallocated to another child.

Should you wish to withdraw an unprocessed application prior to a reallocation round, please email admissions@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk to advise this, providing your child's full name, date of birth and details of the application you wish to withdraw.

How will these places be allocated?

Any available places will be reallocated on a monthly basis within the additional rounds of allocation taking place in April, May, June and July 2018.

Places are not allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If there are more requests than there are places available, these will be allocated using the schools' oversubscription admission criteria. Therefore there is no guarantee that a place will be allocated. You will not be able to decline your existing offer of a place on this basis.

When will I hear?

The allocation process can take several weeks, depending on how many applications are received.

There is no need to contact us after completing the form - we will contact you once a decision has been made.

You have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at any of the schools where your child has been refused a place. If you choose to appeal you will need to complete an online appeal form, or request a paper appeal form in writing to the Admissions Authority of the relevant school (see below). You may appeal for a place at more than one school but you must have applied for and been refused a place at the school in the first instance.

To appeal for a place at one of the following schools, you must put your request by email or in writing directly to the school.

​Arbours Primary Academy (The)
Badby Primary School
Bliss Charity School (The)
Briar Hill Primary School
Caroline Chisholm School
Chipping Warden Primary Academy
Compass Primary Academy (The)
Danesholme Infant Academy
Danesholme Junior Academy
Danetre & Southbrook Learning Village
Ecton Village Primary
Exeter – a learning community
Finedon Infant School
Good Shepherd Catholic Primary (The)
Greenfields Primary School
Gretton Primary Academy

​Hardingstone Academy
Irthlingborough Infant School
Hartwell Primary School
Kings Heath Primary Academy
King’s Sutton Primary School
Middleton Cheney Primary Academy
Newnham Primary School
Northampton International Academy
Oakley Vale Primary School
Olympic Primary School
Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary
Pineham Barns Primary
Prior’s Hall – a learning academy
Rockingham Primary School
Rushden Primary Academy
Ruskin Junior School

Simon de Senlis Primary School
Stimpson Avenue Academy
St Brendan's Catholic Primary School
St Edward’s Catholic Primary School
St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
St James Infant School (Daventry)
St Mary's Catholic Primary (Aston Le Walls)
St Mary's Catholic Primary School (N’ton)
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
Sunnyside Primary Academy
Thorplands Primary School
Thrapston Primary School
Victoria Primary School
Warwick Primary School
Weldon CE Primary School
Wollaston Community Primary School​

​Appeals for the following schools are organised by the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education. If you wish to appeal for a place at one of the these schools, please contact The Diocesan Appeals Administrator Tel: 01604 887006 or email education@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

​Abbey CE Academy (The)
All Saints CEVA Primary School (N’ton)
All Saints CEVA Primary School (W’boro)
Barby CE Primary School
Boddington CE Primary Academy
Braunston CE Primary School
Chacombe CEVA Primary Academy
Collingtree CEVA Primary
Cottingham CE School
Cranford CE Primary School
Culworth CEVA Primary Academy
Finedon Mulso CE Junior School
Freeman’s Endowed CE Junior Academy
Great Addington CE Primary School
Greens Norton CE Primary
Guilsborough CEVA Primary School
Hackleton CEVA Primary School
Hartwell Primary School
Hayfield Cross Church of England School

​Isham CE Primary School
Kilsby CE Primary
Kislingbury Primary School
Little Houghton CEVA Primary School
Loddington CE Primary School
Malcolm Arnold Prep School
Mears Ashby CEVA (Endowed) Primary
Milton Parochial Primary School
Monksmoor Park CE Primary
Naseby CE Primary Academy
Newbottle & Charlton CEVA Primary
Our Lady's Catholic Primary (W’boro)
Pytchley Endowed CEVA Primary
Ringstead CE Primary School
Silverstone CE Primary School
St Barnabas CE School
St Andrew's CEVA Primary (N’ton)
St Andrew’s CE Primary (Kettering)
St James CE Primary School (N’ton)

​St Loys CE Primary Academy
St Luke's CEVA Primary School
St Mary's CEVA Primary (Kettering)
St Mary’s CE Primary (Burton Latimer)
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
St Peters CE Academy
Stanion CE (VA) Primary School
Staverton CE Primary School
Sywell CEVA Primary School
Tiffield CEVA Primary School
Towcester CE Primary School
Weston Favell CE Primary School
Weldon CE Primary School
Welford, Sibbertoft & Sulby Endowed School
Welton CE Academy
Wilby CEVA Primary School
Woodford Halse CE Primary Academy
Woodnewton Academy

​ ​ ​To appeal for all other primary schools in Northamptonshire

Choose either:

  • Complete the online appeal form
  • Request an appeal pack - by email: schoolallocations@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk or in writing to: School Admissions, Northamptonshire County School, One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED. Include your child’s name, date of birth, address and the school(s) you wish to appeal for. Failure to provide this information will result in a delay in sending the appeal pack. You will be sent an appeal form within seven days (by email where possible).
To appeal for schools outside of Northamptonshire​ ​
​Contact the local authority for the school to request an appeal form.
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