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Admissions

Schools in Northamptonshire

Before you make an application for a Northamptonshire school (other than those listed above), please note:

You must not apply for a school place more than one month before it is required. Applications outside of this timescale will not be processed. Please see below for the processing dates for in-year applications that have requested to start in September 2019.

The child must be a resident of the UK (see 'Moving to Northamptonshire' below).

You may state up to three preferences on the application form (see schools directory for list of schools).

You may only apply if you are the person with parental responsibility for the child.

Ensure you have read the further information below before applying.

Some schools (e.g. faith schools and some academies) may require you to complete additional forms to enable them to apply their criteria. These supplementary forms must be returned directly to the school. Use the schools directory to check if the school you are applying to requires a supplementary information form to be completed.

Your child should take up the school place within 10 school days, or by the date shown on the formal letter offering the school place.

It is expected that your child will continue to attend their current school (where possible) until a school place at an alternative school is offered and a date has been arranged for admission.

To apply please visit https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/schools-and-education/school-admissions/in-year-places/Pages/how-to-apply-for-a-school-place-outside-the-normal-transfer-times.aspx

 

Who can appeal?

If you have been refused a place at one or more of your preferred schools, you are entitled to appeal against that decision. If you have not applied for a particular school or have not received a letter refusing admission, you are not entitled to appeal.

You cannot appeal for a lower preference school if you have been offered a higher preference school.

If your circumstances have changed and you now prefer a lower preference school, you should contact us to explain your changed circumstances and find out whether you need to make a new application.

Infant class appeals (reception to year 2)
There are very limited exceptional circumstances which allows a school to go above 30 children with a single teacher in infant classes. A successful appeal, under one of the following circumstances, is one of them.

An infant class prejudice appeal can only succeed if the Independent Appeal Panel finds one of the below:

The admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit of 30 children to 1 class teacher.

 ~The child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had complied with admissions         law or were correctly and impartially applied.

~The admission authority’s decision to refuse a place was not one which a *reasonable admission authority       would have made in the circumstances of the case.

*The threshold of reasonableness is high. The panel must consider whether the decision was: ‘perverse in the light of the admission arrangements’ or ‘beyond the range of responses open to a reasonable decision maker’ or ‘so outrageous in its defiance of logic or of accepted moral standards that no sensible person who had applied his mind to the question could have arrived at it’.

 

Action Deadline
Appeals need to be submitted Primary school: no later than 5.00pm on 18 May 2020.
Secondary school: no later than 5.00pm on 30 March 2020
In-year transfers: no deadline for submitting appeal
Sixth form: within 30 school days from the date when refused a place. Where offers of places are conditional upon GCSE examination results, appeals for admission to 6th forms cannot be heard until after GCSE results are known.
Late appeals: no deadline
Parents' additional evidence must be submitted Within 10 school days of submitting their appeal by email to:
AppealsTeam@northamptonshire.gov.uk

or by post to:

Appeals Team, Democratic Services,
Northamptonshire County Council,
One Angel Square, Angel Street,
Northampton
NN1 1ED

Hearings take place ​Primary school: On-time appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the closing date for lodging appeals - by 17 July 2020.

Secondary school: appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the closing date for lodging appeals - by 17 June 2020.

In-year transfers: appeals lodged outside the normal admission round will be convened within 30 school days, following receipt of your appeal form.

Sixth form: appeals will be heard within 30 school days following the confirmation of examination results, where applicable, or otherwise within 40 school days from the date of lodging an appeal.

Late appeals: Late co-ordinated appeals will be heard alongside on-time appeals wherever possible. Every effort will be made to hear late appeals before the end of the school year, but if this is not possible, they will be convened at the earliest possible time in the new school year. Appeals are not convened during school holidays.

Parents will receive written notification of appeal date At least 10 school days before the date of appeal. (You may waive your right to this notice period if it will help to speed up your appeal, but a quicker appeal cannot be guaranteed.) Appeals for the same school and year group must be heard together and by the same panel.
The clerk (or the person organising the appeal) sends appeal papers to parents, the panel and the school  7 working days before the appeal hearing.

No further documents will be circulated after this date.

You may submit a single A4 page document at your appeal, providing you bring 5 extra copies to the appeal and give to the clerk for distribution.

Appeal hearing decision ​Decisions will be made after all appeals have been heard for the particular school.

Decision letters will be sent at the earliest possible time and where possible, within 5 clear working days following decisions. In the case of multiple appeals or in busy times, please allow up to 10 clear working days for decision letters to be sent.