Parents of three and four-year-olds starting primary school in September 2019 are starting to think about where they would like their little ones to go to school.
Many of our primaries are starting to hold open days to encourage parents to select them as a preference on the application form.
But just how likely many people applied for your local school last year?
Using figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Northants Telegraph, we can reveal the most popular schools in your area.
Every day this week we’ll tell you which schools in your borough got the most first preference applications for September 2018 starters.
And on Friday we’ll list all the secondary schools in the north of the county.
The application deadline for September 2019 primary starters is January 15, 2019, at 5pm and you’ll find out which school your child is going to on April 16.
Remember to fill in all three of your selections - leaving a box blank gives you no better chance of getting into your first choice school and means you could be allocated a school chosen by Northamptonshire County Council if your first choice is not available.
For full information about applying for a primary school in Northamptonshire, click here
There will be an information event for parents of new starters at Corby Library in the Corby Cube on Tuesday, October 9 from 10 am to noon.
We’ve chosen to list the schools in order of popularity by the total number of applications (the combined number of first, second and third preference applications). We’ve also noted the latest Ofsted grading for each school. In some cases, the school has converted to an academy since its last inspection although we’ve still included the rating for the school under its previous name. The PAN (planned admission number) represents the total number of places for new starters that the school has planned to offer, and the final column is the number of those places offered to children on national offer day last year (although this number may have subsequently changed after appeals).
Corby’s most popular primaries
Studfall Infant and Nursery School; Ofsted Good; Total applications 205 (1st pref 100; 2nd pref 67; 3rd pref 38) PAN 116; Offers 107.
Woodnewton; A Learning Community; Ofsted Good; Total applications 189 (1st pref 112; 2nd pref 43; 3rd pref 34) PAN 120; Offers 115.
Corby Primary Academy: Ofsted Outstanding; Total applications 184 (1st pref 107; 2nd pref 56; 3rd pref 21) PAN 60; Offers 60.
Oakley Vale Primary; Ofsted Good; Total applications 143; (1st pref 39; 2nd pref 71; 3rd pref 33) PAN 60; Offers 60.
Corby Old Village Primary; Ofsted Good; Total applications 119 (1st pref 41; 2nd pref 38; 3rd pref 40) PAN 30; Offers 30.
Beanfield Primary; Ofsted Good; Total applications 114 (1st pref 68; 2nd pref 27; 3rd pref 19) PAN 90; Offers 74.
Rockingham Primary School; Ofsted Good; Total applications 81 (1st pref 32; 2nd pref 26; 3rd pref 23) PAN 60; Offers 34.
Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary; Total applications 78 (1st pref 45; 2nd pref 18; 3rd pref 15) PAN 60; Offers 75.
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary; Total applications 78 (1st pref 36; 2nd pref 19; 3rd pref 23) PAN 30; Offers 30.
Danesholme Infant Academy; Ofsted Inadequate; Total applications 75 (1st pref 49; 2nd pref 12; 3rd pref 14) PAN 90; Offers 62.
Kingswood Primary Academy; Ofsted Good; Total applications 66 (1st pref 33; 2nd pref 11; 3rd pref 22) PAN 30; Offers 30.
Hazel Leys Academy; Ofsted Good; Total applications 64 (1st pref 26; 2nd pref 24; 3rd pref 14) PAN 30; Offers 30.
St Brendan’s Catholic Primary; Ofsted Good; Total applications 59 (1st pref; 31; 2nd pref 17; 3rd pref 11) PAN 60; Offers 32.
Stanion CE (Aided) Primary; Ofsted Good; Total applications 56 (1st pref 24; 2nd pref 26; 3rd pref 6) PAN 15; Offers 15
Priors Hall; A learning community; Ofsted N/A; Total applications 55 (1st pref 36; 2nd pref 16; 3rd pref 3) PAN 60; Offers 42.
Little Stanion Primary; Total applications 59 (1st pref 39; 2nd pref 9; 3rd pref 11) PAN 30; Offers made on offer day 30.
Exeter; A Learning Academy; Ofsted Inadequate; Total applications 57 (1st pref 48; 2nd pref 2; 3rd pref 7) PAN 90; Offers 68.
Gretton Primary; Ofsted Good; Total applications 51 (1st pref 28; 2nd pref 14; 3rd pref 9) PAN 20; Offers 22.
Weldon CE Primary: Ofsted Requires Improvement; Total applications 43 (1st pref 23; 2nd pref 13; 3rd pref 7) PAN 30; Offers 24.
Cottingham CE Primary Academy; Ofsted Good; Total applications 26 (1st pref 14; 2nd pref 9; 3rd pref 3) PAN 20; Offers 18.
Brigstock Lathams CE School; Ofsted Good; Total applications 17 (1st pref 9; 2nd pref 4; 3rd pref 4) PAN 15; Offers 10.