Pupils’ secondary school places revealed to parents

MORE THAN 7,000 school places have been allocated to Northamptonshire students due to start secondary school in September.

Letters have been posted today (Thursday) by Northamptonshire County Council to every parent or guardian detailing which school they have been offered and inviting them to attend a parent information event to find out more about the next steps.

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

Councillor 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 per cent of pupils have been allocated one of their three preferences, with 86 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.

“This is the first year we’ve organised these events and 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 on:

- Monday, March 5 from 12pm till 7pm at Kettering Conference Centre

- Thursday, March 8 from 12pm till 7pm at Sixfields Football Stadium in Northampton.