Admissions and Induction

Admissions and Class Grouping Policy

Applying for a school place

Badby School is a Primary Academy School and part of the Innovate Multi Academy Trust. The Northamptonshire Admissions Policy applies. All applications are submitted to the Admissions Department at Northamptonshire County Council.

Consideration of applications

The following are the admissions criteria:

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of educational needs that names the school as appropriate provision. When there are more applications than places available, priority will be given in the following order:

  1. 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

  2. Pupils who live in the linked areas of Badby, Fawsley and Everdon.

  3. Pupils with an older brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission of the younger child.

  4. Other pupils.

If the admission number is exceeded in criterion 3 priority will be given to those who live furthest from the nearest alternative school. If the admission number is exceeded in any other criterion priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.

Appeals will be dealt with by the Local Authority.

Class Grouping

As a village school, applications for admission and numbers in each year group fluctuate.

In circumstances where class size dictates that a year group will be split across 2 classes, the following factors will be taken into consideration for each individual pupil:

  • Chronological age

  • Academic attainment

  • Social factors. For younger pupils this could include level of maturity and self-help skills. Where the year group is expected to be split, parents will be offered the opportunity to discuss the most appropriate class grouping for their child prior to final decisions regarding classes. The final decision rests with the Headteacher.

Pupils moving during the academic year

Applications should be made to Northamptonshire Admissions team who will apply the general admissions criteria.

Where the move is from a local school, parents are encouraged to discuss issues with the present school and seek to resolve them, bearing in mind that all local schools share agreed educational policies and standards. The Headteacher of the pupil’s present school will be contacted to provide information about the pupil.

Appeals are dealt with by the Local Authority.

Induction for New Pupils

In our induction programme we hope to develop close links with both children and parents prior to starting school. Our programme ensures that all new entrants and parents are given a variety of opportunities to visit school. The programme involves a number of visits during the Summer Term (prior to starting school):

  • Story/Activity sessions for children.

  • Morning and afternoon visits to school in the Summer Term for all new entrants. (Children will be involved in many school activities).

  • Meetings are held during the Summer term for the parents to inform them about the school and to help them to prepare their child for starting school.

If your child is transferring from another school, parents are encouraged to make an appointment to view the school beforehand and to meet with the Headteacher and Class teacher.

Autumn Term (starting school)

  • Children attend for a few (no more than three) half days before starting school for full days.

At 11, pupils transfer to secondary schools in Daventry (Danetre or William Parker depending on where they live) or other schools by parental choice. Strong links exist between Badby, other feeder schools and local secondary schools. Regular liaison meetings are held for staff to ensure curriculum continuity and smooth transfer arrangements. During the summer term prior to transfer, teachers from local secondary schools visit the school to meet with Year 6 children. Children enjoy "sampling" lessons and getting to know their new schools. Transfer information and secondary school prospectuses are sent to pupils during their final year.

When to Apply for A Primary School Place

If your child lives in West Northamptonshire, from 10 September 2021, you can make an application for a:

  • primary school place for September 2022 if your child has their 4th birthday between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022

  • junior school place for September 2022 if your child has their 7th birthday between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022

  • middle school place (year 5) in another county for September 2022

Deadline for applying: 15 January 2022 at 5pm - closing date for applications

  • Submit your preference form by the closing date

  • Send your supplementary information forms (SIF) if applicable to the preferred school(s) in support of your application

  • If we receive your application after 5pm on 15 January 2022 your application will be considered as a late application and will be processed in our additional rounds of allocation (see below)

​Offers of school place: 19 April 2022

  • Offer emails sent or view your offer online (online applicants only)

  • Offer letters posted only to those that applied using a paper application form (by the closing date)

Next steps: 19 April 2022 onwards

We will assume you have accepted the allocated place unless you let us know otherwise (check the rules on acceptance directly with the school if you are offered a school place in another county).

Apply to join a waiting list by sending us an email or a letter or submit an appeal form for your preferred school if you wish.

We will not withdraw a school place solely because you are dissatisfied and decline the offer. We must have notice that your child has a school place elsewhere. This is because we have a duty to ensure that all children are receiving their education entitlement.

How we deal with late applications

Late applications are dealt with in rounds. Each round has a cut off for applications to be included in it.

The allocation process can take a number of weeks, depending on how many applications are received.

Emails will be sent to all late applicants who apply online. We will only inform parents of children on a waiting list if we are able to offer a place. Otherwise, their child's name will remain on the waiting list for the next round.

There is no need to contact us after completing a late application form - we will contact you once an offer has been made.

Additional rounds of applications (late applications)

Cut off dates for applications to be included in each round:

Round 1

10 May 2022 (process starts 17 May 2022 and can take up to 4 weeks)

Round 2

10 June 2022 (process starts 16 June 2022 and can take up to 3 weeks)

Round 3

28 June 2022 (process starts 4 July 2022 and can take up to 3 weeks)

Applications received after 28 June 2022 will be processed as and when received during July - August 2022. Applications received after this will be processed according to our in year policy from the end of August 2022.

Special Educational Needs

If your child has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, there are different procedures for obtaining a school place. Find out more about the application process for children with special education needs by visiting West Northamptonshire Website:

Moving to the Area?

If you are moving to the area and would like a place in our school please give us a ring to arrange a visit - we do have places available in some year groups. Applications need to be made online via the West Northamptonshire council website.

Ukrainian Children - Applying For a School Place

See School Admissions Information and guidance for Ukrainian sponsor and families.