Secondary school places successfully allocated in North Northamptonshire

01 March 2024

Secondary school pupils in the classroom

Children starting Year 7 in England and Wales in September find out about school places today (Friday 1 March).

A total of 4,292 secondary school places for this academic year have been allocated to pupils across North Northamptonshire. 

More applications were made online than in previous years – now at 99.4% and up from 99% in 2023. 

We are pleased to announce that over 96% of applicants have received a place at one of their preference schools.

The following figures apply to pupils' first, second and third preferences:

  • 83.01% of applicants have been allocated a place at their first preference – up 3% on last year. 
  • 10.51% of applicants have been allocated a place at their second preference - fewer applicants getting second preference compared to 2023 at 12.1%.
  • 3.05% have been allocated a place at their third preference - pretty consistent since 2022. 

Families who applied for their secondary school place online before the closing date of 31 October 2023 are able to check their offer online. 

I’m delighted that we are seeing more children getting a place at their first preference school and consistency in the number of children being allocated one of their preferred schools year on year.

Meanwhile, we continue to work hard to create additional school places across North Northamptonshire to meet the demand caused by our growing population.  New schools are being built and we are expanding existing sites across the area. 

I wish all the children well as they embark on this next stage of their education.
Cllr Scott Edwards, North Northamptonshire Council’s executive member for Children, Families, Education and Skills  
Supporting children in their education is a priority for the council and moving up to secondary school is a big step on this journey. I am delighted to announce that 96% of applicants have received a place at one of their preference schools.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 secondary school place allocations (for late applicants) will take place in April. 

Primary and Junior school allocations will be announced on 16 April.