Secondary school places allocated

A number of pupils will find out today if they are going to Weavers School in Wellingborough
A number of pupils will find out today if they are going to Weavers School in Wellingborough
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Parents will find out today which secondary school their child will attend in September.

More than 6,000 school places have been allocated to Northamptonshire youngsters due to start secondary school in September.

Letters have been posted today (Friday, March 1) by Northamptonshire County Council to every parent or guardian detailing which school they have been offered.

Families who applied using the council’s online system have been able to check their offer on the council’s website today.

Cllr Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “We work hard to ensure pupils are allocated to one of their preferred schools wherever possible. Early figures show that 98.6 per cent of pupils have been allocated one of their three preferences, with 85 per cent receiving their first preference.

“For anyone unhappy with the place their child has been allocated, there is an independent appeals process.

“I would urge anyone who may be considering an appeal to come along to one of the two information events that have been organised for more advice about the options available to them. I hope parents and students will find them useful in terms of planning the practical details around the transition to a new school.”

The parent information events will include representatives from the council’s admissions, appeals, school improvement, school transport and free school meals teams.

They take place from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday, March 6, at Kettering Conference Centre, and on Thursday, March 7, at Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

The total number of allocations was 6,736. A total of 5,753 or 85.4 per cent of students were allocated their first preference.

A further 889, or 13.2 per cent, are getting their second or third preference, and 94 children who did not get any of stated preferences have been given alternative school.

More information is available on the council’s website at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions