If you have a child in year six, you’re probably thinking about which secondary school to send them to next September.
It’s a decision that could have a huge effect on the rest of their lives.
But at some of our schools, you could be competing with hundreds of others for a place.
Using the Freedom of Information act, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular schools in the north of the county.
We’ve chosen to list them by the total number of first, second and third choice applicants combined.
Remember popular doesn’t always mean the school is the best. There may be some hidden gems in small villages or less popular locations that you might have a good chance of getting a place at - and we hope our list helps you find them.
The application deadline for September 2019 primary starters is October 31 at 5pm and you’ll find out which school your child is going to on March 1.
For full information about applying for a secondary school in Northamptonshire, click here
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).
Brooke Weston Academy; Ofsted Outstanding: Total applications 877 (1st pref 442; 2nd pref 286; 3rd pref 149) PAN 180; Offers 180.
Bishop Stopford School; Ofsted Outstanding; Total applications 673 (1st pref 320; 2nd pref 192; 3rd 161) PAN 216; Offers 216.
Kettering Buccleuch Academy; Ofsted Requires Improvement; Total applications 551 (1st pref 260; 2nd pref 176; 3rd pref 115) PAN 180; Offers 180.
The Latimer Arts College; Ofsted Good; Total applications 547 (1st pref 232; 2nd pref 176; 3rd pref 139) PAN 203; Offers 203.
Sir Christopher Hatton Academy; Ofsted Outstanding; Total applications 505 (1st pref 296; 2nd pref 133; 3rd pref 76) PAN 210; Offers 210.
Corby Technical School; Ofsted Outstanding; Total applications 482 (1st pref 115; 2nd pref 206; 3rd pref 161) PAN 150; Offers 150.
Corby Business Academy; Requires Improvement; Total applications 454 (1st pref 133; 2nd pref 160; 3rd pref 161) PAN 200; Offers 200.
Wollaston School; Ofsted Good; Total applications 451 (1st pref 258; 2nd pref 98; 3rd pref 95) PAN 240; Offers 240.
Weavers Academy; Ofsted Good; Total applications 446 (1st pref 201; 2nd pref 176; 3rd pref 69) PAN 246; Offers 246.
Southfield School for Girls; Ofsted Good; Total applications 439 (1st pref 182; 2nd pref 169; 3rd pref 88) PAN 168; Offers 168.
Kettering Science Academy; Ofsted Requires Improvement; Total applications 376 (1st pref 121; 2nd pref 146; 3rd pref 109) PAN 210; Offers 210.
The Ferrers School; Ofsted Inadequate: Total applications 331 (1st pref 210; 2nd pref 81; 3rd 40) PAN 210; Offers 210.
Manor School Sports College; Ofsted Good; Total applications 310 (1st pref 162; 2nd pref 104; 3rd pref 44) PAN 162; Offers 162.
Kingswood Secondary Academy; Ofsted Requires Improvement (1st pref 114; 2nd pref 68; 3rd pref 79) PAN 216; Offers 207.
Wrenn School; Ofsted Good; Total applications 247 (1st pref 84; 2nd pref 90; 3rd pref 73) PAN 240; Offers 145.
Prince William School; Ofsted Requires Improvement; Total applications 242 (1st pref 164; 2nd pref 51; 3rd pref 27) PAN 280; Offers 197.
Lodge Park Academy; Ofsted Requires Improvement; Total applications 226 (1st pref 106; 2nd pref 62; 3rd pref 58) PAN 200; Offers 166.
Montsaye Academy; Ofsted Inadequate: Total applications 193 (1st pref 129; 2nd pref 28; 3rd pref 36) PAN 240; Offers 179.
Huxlow Science College; Ofsted Good; Total applications 176 (1st pref 113; 2nd pref 31; 3rd pref 32) PAN 145; Offers 143.
Rushden Community College; Ofsted Inadequate; Total applications 124 (1st pref 69; 2nd pref 37; 3rd pref 18) PAN 210; Offers 134.