Secondary school place offers

All parents who applied for their child's secondary school place by the deadline of 31 October 2016 have now received confirmation of their child's allocated place.

Parents who applied after the closing date will receive a letter during the next round of allocations. See key dates. Please be mindful that the process can take up to 3 weeks.

The Citizen Portal (online application system) is now closed for secondary school applications and results. The outcome of all late applications will be sent in writing to parents. 

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

If you are accepting the place offered and:

  • the school is within Northamptonshire - we will assume that you have accepted this offer unless you let us
    know that it is no longer required.
  • the school is situated outside Northamptonshire - you should contact the school directly to check whether you
    need to formally accept the place for your child.

If you have made alternative arrangements for your child's schooling please complete the slip at the bottom of your offer letter and return to the address provided or email

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

For a small number of families we regret that we have been unable to offer your child a place at your preferred school. The following document explains how places were allocated at each secondary school (where the local authority has this information):

There are 3 options available to you:

​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 told 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 as they hold their own waiting lists.

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 (1 March 2017) or places that still remain will be reallocated on a monthly basis within the additional rounds of allocation taking place in April, May, June and July 2017.

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

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 March and September 2017 will be removed in December 2017 unless you contact us to renew your request for the spring term.

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

To find out which schools have places available download the document below:

How do I apply?

If you wish to be considered for a place at a school which still has places available, you will need to make a new application.

See how to apply

Making changes to your application

If you have already received a school offer and choose to submit an additional 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.

Should you wish to withdraw an unprocessed application prior to a reallocation round, please email 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 2017.

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 school’s oversubscription admission criteria.  Therefore there is no guarantee that a place will be allocated. You should not 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.

​If you are still unhappy you can appeal for a school place at a school at which your child was not offered a place.

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