Thousands of pupils get their first choice of secondary school in Northamptonshire...but here's what to do if your child hasn't been successful

Just over 80 percent get first choice...and nearly 96 percent get one of their three preferences

By David Summers
Monday, 1st March 2021, 2:03 pm
Library picture / Getty Images
Library picture / Getty Images

More than 80 percent of families got their first-choice school in Northamptonshire, it has been revealed.

Thousands of children found out today, Monday, which secondary school they would be going to in September. Nearly 9,000 places were allocated.

Northamptonshire County Council said the proportion of families securing a place at their first preference school has risen to 80.7% from 79% in 2020, while the number of families being offered a place at one of their preferred schools is 95.7%.

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Families who applied for their secondary school place online and within the deadline are able to check their offer on the council’s website today at

Councillor Fiona Baker, county council cabinet member for children’s services, families and education, said: “I’m pleased that this year we have been able to offer more families (80.7%) a place at their first choice preferred schools and almost 96%, that’s more than 8,500 children, have received a place at one of their three preferred schools.

“Our growing county means that we are continually faced with the challenge of providing more school places in the future and we will continue to work with our partners to make this happen.”

Any parent has the right to appeal (through the independent appeals process) against refusal of a place at any school for which they have applied. For details on how to appeal, visit next round of secondary school place allocations (for late applicants) will take place in April.

Primary school allocations for September 2021 will be announced on April 16, 2021.