03 March 2014

Over 7,000 school places have been allocated to Northamptonshire students due to start secondary school in September.

Ninety eight per cent of students were allocated one of the three schools they expressed a preference for.

Letters have been posted today 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.

Increase in applications

Councillor Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children, families and education, 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. This is consistent with previous years’ figures, even though we’ve seen a seven per cent increase in applications.

“If families are unhappy with the place that they have been allocated they are entitled to appeal through an independent appeals process.”

Breakdown of figures

The total number of allocations was 7,251, a seven per cent increase on last year’s figure of 6,736:

  • Students allocated one of their three expressed preferences: 98 per cent
  • Students allocated their first preference: 82.4 per cent
  • Students allocated 2nd or 3rd preference: 15.7 per cent
  • Students who did not get any of stated preferences so given alternative school: 1.8 per cent. This represents 133 students.

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