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How do I apply for a Secondary School place if my child has an Education, Health and Care Plan?

You will need to apply for a secondary school place for your child when they start Year 6. 

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, you do not apply for a school place using the normal application form.

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan there is a separate process for your child's school admission:

  1. The Education, Health and Care Team will send you a letter seeking details of your school preference.
  2. You will be asked to return your preference within 15 days.
  3. You will be informed of the outcome of this consultation by February of the year in which you're applying.

If you disagree with this decision, you can then appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SEND) and not to the independent appeal panel. 

You can find more information about the process via this link: 


If your child is under assessment for an Education Health & Care assessment, you will need to complete a preference form or apply online in the usual way. You can apply at the following link:



Where can I get support?

If you need any further information or clarification please contact the Education, Health and Care Team, the contact details are:



Office address

Telephone or email

Education, Health and Care Team 

Daventry & South Northants

Education, Health and Care Team, 

One Angel Square

Angel Street



01604 368948

Education, Health and Care Team 


01604 368948

Parents may wish to seek impartial advice from the Information Advice Support Service (IASS) for SEND in West Northamptonshire:  One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED.

Website: http://www.iassnorthants.co.uk

Email: s 

Telephone: 0300 126 1039

Key Dates for  Applications for children without an EHCP

​Deadline for applying 31 October at 5pm - closing date for applications
Offers made 1 March 
  • Offer emails sent or view your offer online (online applications only);
  • Offer letters posted to people who sent in an on time paper application.


If you are unsure which school will be most suited to your child, please do take the opportunity to find out more about each of them. Fairfields pupils have gone on to the following schools in Northamptonshire:

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