How will I find out which school my child has been allocated?
All parents who applied for their child's secondary school place by the deadline of 31 October 2017 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 1 March 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 1 March 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||28 March 2018, 5pm||19 April 2018|
Round 2||2 May 2018, 5pm||8 May 2018|
Round 3||30 May 2018, 5pm||4 June 2018|
Round 4||27 June 2018, 5pm||2 July 2018|
in year policy from the end of July 2018.Applications received after 27 June 2018 will be processed according to our
What happens after I receive the offer of a secondary 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
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 document explains how places have been allocated at each secondary school in the county (where the local authority has this information):
Why have you offered me a school I didn’t ask for?
We 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 secondary school allocation?
There are 3 options available to you: