18 April 2016

The number of families who have been allocated a place at their preferred primary school has increased this year – despite an unprecedented number of applications.

More than 8,200 children (90.5%) will go to their first choice primary school in Northamptonshire – up by 250 on last year’s figures (90%).

The proportion of families who have been allocated one of their three preferences has also increased this year, from 97% last year to 97.6%.

Online applications

Northamptonshire County Council will post letters today (Monday) telling parents which school they have been offered, while the 96.4% per cent of families who applied online can check their offer on the council’s website today at School admissions.

Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “I’m delighted that today we’ve been able to offer an increasing number of families a place at their preferred primary school, in spite of an ever growing number of children requiring a school place in Northamptonshire.

“This is testament to the hard work of our school admissions team and to the county council’s commitment to creating more school places across the county.

“We are continuing to work with our academy and free school partners to ensure there are sufficient school places to ensure children have the chance to attend their local school.”

Appeal process

Any families who are unhappy with the place they have been allocated can appeal through the independent appeals process.

Late applications received after the closing date of January 15 will be allocated a primary school place in subsequent allocation rounds in May and June.