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 2022 the application process is now open for this academic year. Admissions closed on 15th January 2022. Please see below for further details on In Year/Mid-Term Admissions.

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).

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 form at https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/primary-school-places/apply-primary-school-place

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:

School Admissions

Northamptonshire County Council,

One Angel Square,

Northampton,

NN1 1ED

You can also email them at admissions@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk or phone 0300 126 7000

Paper applications should be sent to the above address not to the school. Offers of places are sent out in April.

Admissions Arrangements

For further information on admissions please click on the document below.

BLPS Admissions Policy 2021-22

BLPS Admissions Policy 2022-23

Oversubscription Criteria

When the academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after
being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special
guardianship order.1
2. Children who will have a brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission 2
3. Children of Staff 3
4. Children who live closer to Bracken Leas Primary School than any other school6
5. Children who are eligible for Pupil Premium and/or Service Premium5
6. Other children

Tiebreaker

Where it is necessary to choose between two or more applicants within a criterion for a final place, the tiebreaker will be distance, with the child who resides the nearest to Bracken Leas Primary School being given the place. See below for further details of the distance criterion. Where there is more than one applicant at the relevant distance, then the tiebreaker will be random allocation. The random allocation process will be independently supervised.

In Year Application Process (Reception- Year 6)

Applications for a place at the academy will normally be for the start of Reception. If you are moving into the area or wish to change schools after the start of Reception you will need to make an application for an in-year place. This type of application should be made as soon as possible directly to the school.

All in-year applications will be considered, depending on the availability of places and prioritised according to the oversubscription criteria. If places are oversubscribed, applications can be placed on a waiting list, if requested.

Please contact the school directly for an admission form for an in-year application.

Applications to all secondary schools in Northamptonshire are handled centrally by the Local Authority. 

Admissions to Year 7

For admission to Year 7 (secondary school) in September 2022 the application process closed at 5.00pm on 31st October 2021.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at Secondary School Admissions or www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions

Appeals

All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code. The Academy uses the services of the Local Authority Appeals Team to coordinate its appeal process.

Appellants should go to Northamptonshire County Council’s website for information about the appeals process and submit an online appeal form. For applications made in the normal admissions round appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For applications for
in year admissions, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/schoolsandeducation/school-admissions/school-appeals/Pages/default.aspx