Primary, Infant and Junior school allocations appeals for September 2024

Parents have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer their child a place at any of the schools where they have been refused a place. If parents choose to appeal, they will need to either:

  1. complete the online appeal form if North Northamptonshire council’s (NNC’s) democratic services co-ordinates the appeals for the school, or
  2. request a paper appeal form in writing from the admission authority of the relevant school if NNC (the local authority) do not co-ordinate their appeals.

Parents may appeal against the decision not to offer a place at more than one school but must have applied for and been refused a place for their child at the school in the first instance.

Parents should not decline their existing offer of a place on the basis that an appeal has been submitted. If the appeal is successful, the existing offer will be withdrawn.

Academies, Free and Foundation schools where NNC does not manage appeals

The following schools manage their own appeals:

  • Beanfield Primary School
  • Compass Primary Academy
  • Cottingham CE Primary School
  • Ecton Village Primary Academy
  • Exeter – a Learning Community
  • Gretton Primary School
  • Loddington CE Primary School
  • Oakley Vale Primary School
  • Our Lady's Catholic Primary School
  • Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School
  • Polebrook CE Primary School
  • Priors Hall – a Learning Academy
  • Ruskin Academy
  • St Andrew’s CE Primary School
  • St Barnabas CE School
  • St Brendan's Catholic Primary School
  • St Edward’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
  • Thrapston Primary School
  • Woodnewton – a Learning Community

Parents should write directly to these schools to request an appeal form. Write to ‘The Clerk to the Governors’, c/o the school for which they would like to make their appeal. School addresses can be found on the online Schools Directory.

Parents can also visit the schools’ own websites for more information.

Schools where the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET) manages appeals

Appeals for the following schools are managed by PDET:

  • All Saints CEVA Primary School & Nursery
  • Cranford CE Primary School
  • Freeman’s Endowed CE Junior Academy
  • Great Addington CE Primary School
  • Hayfield Cross Church of England School
  • Isham CE Primary School
  • Mears Ashby CE Primary School
  • Oundle CE Primary School
  • Pytchley Endowed CE Primary School
  • St Mary's CEVA Primary Academy
  • St Mary’s CE Primary Academy (Burton Latimer)
  • Stanion CE (VA) Primary School
  • Sywell CE Primary School
  • Weldon CE Primary School
  • Wilby CEVA Primary School
  • Freeman Endowed CE Junior Academy

Parents should write directly to The Clerk to the Appeals Panel, Diocesan Board of Education, Bouverie Court, 6 The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7YD, or contact The Diocesan Appeals Administrator by email: [email protected], or phone: 01604 887006.

Academies, Foundation and Free schools where NNC manages the appeals

North Northamptonshire manages appeals for all other Primary, Infant and Junior Schools not listed above. Parents should visit the appeals website and:

  • complete the online appeal form, request a paper appeal form by either emailing [email protected] or writing to School Admissions, North Northamptonshire Council, c/o Tithe Barn Office Block, Tithe Barn Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1BN
  • parents should ensure they include their child’s name, date of birth, address and the name of the school for which they want to appeal

An appeal form will be sent within 7 working days of receipt of the request.

Please note completed appeals forms, both online and paper forms, must be submitted to the Appeals Team on 16 May 2024.

Schools outside North Northamptonshire

If parents wish to appeal against the decision not to offer their child a place at a school which is in another local authority (LA), they should contact the LA concerned to find out how they can appeal and/or request an appeal form.

AuthorityLocal Authority NumberContact Details
West Northamptonshire Council941Tel: 0300 126 7000
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Borough Council822Tel: 01234 718120
Email: [email protected]
Buckinghamshire Council825Tel: 0300 131 6000
Email: [email protected]
Cambridgeshire County Council873Tel: 01233 699794
Email: [email protected]
Central Bedfordshire Council823Tel: 0300 300 8029 (Appeals)
Email: [email protected]
Leicester City Counci856Tel: 0116 454 1410 (Appeals)
Tel: 0116 454 1009 (School Admissions)
Email: [email protected]
Leicestershire County Council855Tel: 0116 305 6684
Email: [email protected]
Lincolnshire County Council925Tel: 01522 782030
Email: [email protected]
Milton Keynes Council826Tel: 01908 253338
Email: [email protected]
Oxfordshire County Council931Tel: 01865 810180
Email: [email protected]
Peterborough City Council874Tel: 01733 452589
Email: [email protected]
Rutland County Council857Tel: 01572 722577
Email: [email protected]
Warwickshire County Council937Tel: 01926 414143
Email: [email protected]

How Primary places were allocated

Details of how the places were allocated at each Primary, Infant and Junior school and of which schools still have places available, are on our website. If parents would like their child to be considered for a place at a school which still has places available, they should complete a late primary application form. Alternatively, a paper application form can be requested by emailing [email protected]. These applications will be considered in our rounds of re-allocations which run from May to July. For information about cut-off dates for these rounds, please see the our website.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists will be held for Reception for all Primary and Infant schools and for Year 3 for all Junior schools, until 31 December 2024. If parents wish to add their child to the waiting list for a school for which they have applied and been refused a place, they should email: [email protected] or write to School Admissions at NNC.  Parents must include the child’s name, date of birth and the name/s of the school/s for which they would like to be added to the waiting list. Parents will be contacted if, and when, a place can be offered from the waiting list.

Rounds of re-allocation

Any places that are still available, or become available for Reception or Year 3 places, will be allocated in our rounds of re-allocation between May and July 2024. The cut-off dates for these rounds can be found on the our website  If there are more requests or applications than there are places available, places will be allocated according to the schools’ oversubscription criteria. Parents should not decline an existing offer of a place on the basis that a further application has been made for other schools. This will not affect the chance of a place at a preferred school being allocated. If it is possible to offer a place from the waiting list or to a new application, the existing offer will be withdrawn at that point.

Contacting us about appeals

For further information please visit our website or the Appeals website in the first instance. Alternatively, we can be contacted by telephone on 0300 126 3000. Our Customer Services Centre is open between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, with the exception of Bank holidays.

Last updated 22 April 2024