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Places allocated for primary-aged pupils in North Northamptonshire

Schools and education

18 April 2023

A teacher with a class of primary school aged pupils

A total of 3,793 reception places have been allocated to pupils across North Northamptonshire.

93.2% of applicants – 3,537 children – have been allocated a place at their first preference – (92.7 % for 2022).

4.3% of applicants have been allocated a place at their second preference (4.3% in 2022) while 1.1% have been allocated a place at their third preference (1.5% in 2022).

98.6% of applicants have been allocated one of their preferred schools (98.5% in 2022), while 99% of applications were made online (up from 98.8% in 2022).

Families who applied for their primary school place online and within the deadline are able to check their offer online. 

Looking at the figures for Junior School applications (Year 3), where there were 981 applications, 99.9% of pupils were allocated a place at their first preference (99.8% for 2022) while 100% were allocated one of their preferred schools (100% in 2022).

I would like to pass on my best wishes to every pupil starting a new school in September and hope this is the start of an exciting new journey. Supporting all children in their education is a priority for the council.

We have seen a slight increase in the number of pupils obtaining a place at the school of their choice which is a real step forward.

We continue to work hard to create additional school places across North Northamptonshire to meet the demand caused by our growing population, through building new schools and expanding existing sites across the area.
Cllr Scott Edwards, North Northamptonshire Council’s executive member for Children, Families, Education and Skills
Starting school is a huge step for all children to take and I wish them all the very best as they embark on their education.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Any parent has the right to appeal (through the independent appeals process) against refusal of a place at any school for which they have applied.

The next round of primary school place allocations (for late applicants) will take place in May.