01 March 2012

Over 7,000 school places have been allocated to students starting secondary school in September.

Letters have been posted today (1 MAR) by Northamptonshire County Council to every parent or guardian detailing which school they have been offered and inviting them to attend a parent information event to find out more about the next steps.

Families which applied using the council’s online system have been able to check their offer on the council’s website today.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: "We work hard to ensure pupils are allocated to one of their preferred schools wherever possible. Early figures show that 98 per cent of pupils have been allocated one of their three preferences, with 86 per cent receiving their first preference.

“For anyone unhappy with the place their child has been allocated, there is an independent appeals process.

“I would urge anyone who may be considering an appeal to come along to one of the two information events that have been organised for more advice about the options available to them. This is the first year we’ve organised these events and I hope parents and students will find them useful in terms of planning the practical details around the transition to a new school.”

The parent information events will include representatives from the council’s admissions, appeals, school improvement, school transport and free school meals teams. They take place on:

  • Monday 5th March from 12 noon to 7pm at Kettering Conference Centre
  • Thursday, 8th March from 12 noon to 7pm at Sixfields Football Stadium in Northampton

The total number of allocations was 7350:

  • Students allocated their first preference: 6287 = 86%
  • 2nd or 3rd preference: 892 = 12%
  • Did not get any of stated preferences so given alternative school: 171 = 2%