01 March 2013

Over 6,000 school places have been allocated to Northamptonshire students due to start secondary school in September.

Letters have been posted today (1st March) by Northamptonshire County Council to every parent or guardian detailing which school they have been offered.

Families who 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 98.6 per cent of pupils have been allocated one of their three preferences, with 85 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. 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:

  • Wednesday 6th March, 2pm-7pm, Kettering Conference Centre
  • Thursday 7th March, 2pm-7pm, Northampton Saints Rugby Club

The total number of allocations was 6,736:

  • Students allocated their first preference: 5,753 or 85.4 per cent
  • 2nd or 3rd preference: 889 or 13.2 per cent
  • Did not get any of stated preferences so given alternative school: 94 or 1.4 per cent

More information is available on the council’s website at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions