Choosing a primary school

When you apply for a primary school place for your child you must tell us your 3 school preferences in order of priority. To make these preferences you will need to find out more about the schools.

Find schools in your area

Use our schools directory to find the schools local to you.

Linked area schools

If you live in a rural area or village, your local school may have a linked area. This may give you some priority if that school is oversubscribed. Use the schools directory to see if a school is linked to your local village or town.

You must include your designated, local or linked school as a preference if you want a place there.

Find out about the schools you're interested in

You can take the following steps to find out more about schools you are considering:

  1. View school detail, type, Ofsted reports and oversubscription admission criteria

    Use the schools directory to view the details for each primary school, their Ofsted and performance reports and  admissions oversubscription criteria.
  2. Check whether you need to complete a supplementary information form

    Some schools in Northamptonshire require you to complete an information form which goes directly to the school, in addition to the preference form to the county council.
  3. Pick up a school prospectus

    Many schools have a prospectus or booklet. These are available to view on the school's website, or ask the school for a copy.
  4. Visit the school

    Most primary schools hold open evenings or days for parents. These give you a good opportunity to ask questions. You can find details and the dates and times of open evenings on the schools' individual websites - there are links to these in the schools directory.
  5. Find out if your child qualifies for free school transport

    Northamptonshire County Council will provide free transport on a school bus or via a bus pass for a scheduled bus service to their nearest available or linked/designated primary school for:

  • Children aged between 4 and their 8th birthday who live more than two miles from that school by the shortest walking route
  • Children aged 8-16 who live more than three miles from that school by the shortest walking route

The shortest walking route might include footpaths, bridleways and other tracks that are not passable by cars. Home to school transport is not a door-to-door service.
Primary school children may be expected to walk up to half a mile from home to their nearest pick-up point.

Find out at which schools your child will be eligible for free school transport.

Does your child have special educational needs (SEN)?

Find out how you apply for a school place if your child has:

How to apply for a primary school place

How to apply

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