Time to apply for school places in Reception, Year 3 and Year 7 - to start in September 2022

Schools and education

10 September 2021

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Parents and carers can now apply for Reception places in Primary and Infant schools, Year 3 places in Junior schools and Year 7 places in Secondary school for September 2022.


Parents and carers can apply for places in Reception if their children will be four years of age on or before 31 August 2022.

The deadline for applications for places in Reception is Saturday 15 January 2022 at 5pm.


The deadline for applications for places in Year 3 in Junior Schools is also Saturday 15 January 2022 at 5pm.


Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 can now apply for a Year 7 place for September 2022.

The deadline for Year 7 applications is Sunday 31 October 2021 at 5pm.

All applications, whether postal or online, must be received by the deadline to be considered on time. Late applications will not be processed until after National Offer Day:

All on time applicants will receive an offer of a school place on the appropriate National Offer Day: Tuesday 1 March 2022 for Secondary places and Tuesday 19 April 2022 for Reception and Year 3 places.

I would encourage parents who are applying for a school place for September 2022 to submit their applications in good time and before the deadline.

The School Admissions system gives families the opportunity to tell us which schools they would prefer to send their children to.

While most people are successful at getting a place at their preferred school, there are steps that parents can take to maximise their chances. Submitting an application form on time is the most crucial step, followed by nominating a second and third preference school and including your closest school as one of your preferences.
Cllr Scott Edwards, North Northamptonshire Executive member for Children, Families, Education and Skills

Find out more about applying for a school place in the North Northamptonshire Council area.

I would encourage families who are applying for a school place for September 2022 to utilise the support and advice available on our website, and make their applications in good time to avoid a delay in the process and any disappointment.Cllr Fiona Baker, West Northamptonshire cabinet member for Children’s Services

Find out more about applying for a school place in West Northamptonshire.

An independent school admission appeals process is available for families who wish to appeal against refusal of a place at any school for which they have applied.

If unsure, we provide guidance about which unitary council you live in.