More than one in 10 parents in Northamptonshire miss out on first choice primary school


A total of 7,814 parents in Northamptonshire have received their first choice primary school, but 282 have not been given any of their preferences.

Northamptonshire County Council today announced that there were 8,830 applications for a primary school place, an increase of 3.5 per cent on 2013’s figure of 8531.

A total of 8,548 parents - 96.8 per cent - received one of their preferences and 7,814, 88.5 per cent, received their first preference.

The percentage receiving their first preference is slightly down – by 1.5 per cent - on last year, while the actual number of children getting their first preference has slightly increased on last year’s figure of 7,675

There has been an increase of 1.2 per cent in those not receiving any of their preferences – 3.2 per cent this year compared to two per cent last year (282 this year compared to 206 last year).

The county council this morning apologised to parents who were unable to view their allocation on the website.

A council spokesman said: “An error occurred that has now been rectified and the offers can be viewed online. The emails to parents will be sent shortly. Formal letters to parents will be posted today in line with normal procedure.”