Parents urged to apply for school places in Northamptonshire as deadline approaches

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There is just over a week to go before the deadline for applying for primary, junior or middle school places for this September.

Parents must put in their application with Northamptonshire County Council for a place before the deadline of 5pm on January 15.

Applications received after the deadline will be considered late applications and therefore will not be processed until a later wave of allocations taking place from May 2016 onwards.

County council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, Councillor Matthew Golby, said: “Northamptonshire has one of the fastest growing populations in the country and that places a huge demand on school places. Nearly 900 children requiring a school place have moved into the county in the past three months alone.

“We have a capital programme in place to build new schools and expand existing schools to cope with demand, but these figures show why it is so important for parents to submit their application on time to give themselves the best chance of securing a place at one of their preferred primary, junior or middle schools.”

Ninety per cent of families were allocated a place at their first choice primary school for September 2015, while 97 per cent were given a place at one of their three preferred schools.

Applications can be submitted online at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions.

Families who submit an online application on time will find out which school they have been allocated on Monday, April 18.