Who can apply for a secondary school place?

All Northamptonshire secondary schools are comprehensive and do not allocate places according to ability. However, some secondary schools admit up to 10% of their intake according to an aptitude in their respective specialism.

You can apply for a place at a Northamptonshire County Council secondary school if your child lives in Northamptonshire and:

  • has their 11th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 6 in primary school)
  • has their 13th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 8 in middle school outside of Northamptonshire), or
  • has their 14th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 9 in secondary school) and wants to transfer to a Northamptonshire University Technical College
How to apply

Applying for a school place outside the normal transfer times

Any applications to move schools outside of these normal transfer times 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 9 place at a secondary school (rather than an upper 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 or a Statement of Special Educational Needs, there are different procedures for obtaining a school place. Please see special educational needs.

Living outside of Northamptonshire

If you live outside of Northamptonshire, you will need to contact the local authority for the area in which you live.

How we coordinate the allocation of secondary school places

There are several different type of secondary schools in Northamptonshire.

Whichever school you are interested in, the application and offer process is the same.

The oversubscription admission criteria and allocation of places are managed differently:

Community schools 

The county council is responsible for the oversubscription admission criteria and the allocation of places.

A coordinated scheme is in place to ensure, as far as reasonably practical, that every parent or carer of a child living within the local authority who has applied for a school place receives an offer of one, and only one, school place.

Voluntary aided schools and foundation (trust) schools

School governors are responsible for setting the oversubscription admission criteria and the allocation of places.

Academies, free schools and University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

The Academy Trust is responsible for setting the oversubscription admission criteria and the allocation of places.