Applications to all primary schools in Northamptonshire are handled centrally by the Local Authority. All children start school in the September of the academic year in which they will be 5 years old.
The academic year runs from 1st September to 31st August. Parents are asked to complete an application in the autumn term of the year before their child is due to start school. For admission in September 2019 the application process opened on 10th September and closes at 5.00pm on 15th January 2019.
However, The School Admissions Code also allows parents and carers of summer born children (born between 1st April and 31st August) to request that their child is admitted out of their normal age group (into reception in the September following their 5th birthday). If you are considering making this choice please click here for further information.
To apply for a school place you must fill in and submit a preference form to the Northamptonshire County Council’s Schools Admission Team. The easiest way to apply is by completing the online preference form at South Northamptonshire Primary School Admissions
If you are unable to access the internet, you can fill in a paper preference form. These are available from the School Admissions Team at:
Northamptonshire County Council,
One Angel Square,
You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0300 126 1000
Paper applications should be sent to the above address not to the school. Offers of places are sent out in April.
The school has an admission number of 60. This means that if there are 60 or fewer children choosing our school as their first preference then all children will be allocated a place. If there are more than 60 first preferences the Local Authority will apply the following oversubscription criteria in allocating places:
Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of SEN that names the school as appropriate provision. When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:
- Children in public care or previously in public care but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
- Pupils with an older brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission of the younger child.
- Pupils who live closer to the preferred school than any other school.
- Other pupils.
If the admission number is exceeded within criterion (3) priority will be given to those who live furthest from the nearest alternative school. If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.
Contact Details for the admission department are available at:
For further information on admissions please click on the document below.
In Year / Mid – Term applications for admissions
An in-year application for admission refers to any application for a school place made outside of the normal year of entry, during the school year or for the start of a school year. For Bracken Leas this normal year of entry is Reception.
Northamptonshire County Council co-ordinates in-year applications for our school. However, if you are considering entry you should contact us in the first instance for confirmation that there is a place available.
- May be made up to one month before the required start date
- Must be made by the person with parental responsibility
- Allow you to state up to 3 preferences, starting with the school you most prefer
- The process can take up to 20 school days. Your child should continue to attend their current school until an admission date has been agreed.
The school place must be required within one month of the date of application.
Applications outside of this timescale will not be processed by Northamptonshire County Council.
School places cannot be reserved and applications are processed, where possible, close to the date the place is required. A confirmed moving date is required for an application to be processed.
Moving into Northamptonshire?
If you are moving into the county, documentary evidence in the form of a solicitor’s letter to confirm an exchange of contracts and completion date, or a copy of a signed rental agreement, will be required to support your application.
Moving from overseas?
If you are moving from overseas your child may be entitled to a school place. However:
- Children must be resident within the country before an application for a school place will be processed
- A Visitors Visa does not entitle your child to a place
- If you are moving into the UK you will also need to supply documentary evidence as evidence that your child is resident in the country and county.
NB. Special arrangements are made for UK Armed Service Personnel and other Crown Servants.