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Application dates

The opening date for applications is 10 September 2021. The closing date will be 5pm on 15 January 2022.

To find out more about the admission arrangements for each Secondary school in West Northamptonshire and for detailed information about the process for applying for a place at a Primary school, please read the ‘Applying for a Primary school place in West Northamptonshire – 2022-2023’

When to apply for a primary school place

In West Northamptonshire, children are eligible to start school (in reception year) in the September following their 4th birthday.

In West Northamptonshire there are 3 types of schools covering different age ranges - primary, infant and junior schools. If you are a parent or carer of a child living in West Northamptonshire at the time of your application you can apply for a school place at the following times:

Child's date of birth between Apply for Applications open Closing date for applications
1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 Reception place in primary or infant school 10 September 2021 5pm 15 January 2022
1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 Year 3 place in junior school (if currently attending infant school) 10 September 2021 5pm 15 January 2022

Reception intake - primary and infant schools

In West Northamptonshire all children are offered a full year in reception.

Primary schools run from reception to year 6 and take new children into reception. Infant schools run from reception to year 2 and take new children in to reception.

If your child turns 4 between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022, you should apply for their reception place by 15 January 2022 at 5pm. After this deadline you will need to make a late application.

Can I defer my child's start at school?

If you feel that your child may not be ready to start school in the September following their 4th birthday, we advise you to discuss your concerns with your allocated school.

Legally, children are required to start their compulsory education from the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday.

This is based on a 3-term year with terms starting in:

  • September
  • January
  • April (after Easter)

If your child was born in the summer (between 1 April and 31 August) and you're thinking of delaying their admission by a full school year please see our guidance on summer-born delays.

Year 3 intake - junior schools

If your child is in year 2 of an infant school and turns 7 between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022, you will need to apply for a junior school place by 15 January 2022 at 5pm. After this deadline you will need to make a late application.

All infant schools have a linked junior school and children attending the infant school will have some priority within the oversubscription criteria for that school. Although please note that you still need to apply for a junior school place for your child, places are not allocated automatically.

Year 5 intake - middle schools

There are no longer any middle schools in West Northamptonshire. However, your child may be living in West Northamptonshire and be attending a lower school in another county.

If this is the case, you can apply for a middle school place outside of Northamptonshire for your child if they have their 9 birthday between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022 and are in their last year (year 4) at a lower school outside of Northamptonshire.

You should apply for a middle school place by 15 January 2022 at 5 p.m. After this deadline you will need to make a late application.

Applying for a school place outside the normal entry times

Any applications to move schools outside of the school's normal entry year will be processed as in-year applications.

Please note that we do not allocate an in-year school place more than a month in advance of the date the place is required. Therefore, applications from children wanting a year 3 or 5 place at a primary school (rather than a junior or middle school) will be considered as in-year applications and will not be processed until the summer term. Parents will be informed in writing if a place is available in their preferred primary school.

Special educational needs

If your child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, there are different procedures for obtaining a school place. Find out more about the application process for children with special educational needs.

Living outside of Northamptonshire

If you live outside of Northamptonshire, you will need to apply through the local authority for the area in which you live, even if you are applying for a Northamptonshire school.

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the changes.
Last updated 06 October 2021