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Determined admission arrangements for September 2023 entry – Reception

Important information regarding admissions for the Primary Phase for September 2023

Below are information and details of the admissions criteria for children joining the foundation stage (reception class) in September 2023. We advise all parents who are considering applying for a place for their child to read the information and criteria carefully.

Please click here for the West Northants County Council website for all information on applying for Reception places for September 2023.


If your child is unsuccessful at securing a Reception class place at The Duston School you have the right to appeal.

Appeal forms must be submitted by 5:00pm - 16th May 2023.

Please see the link below.


9th September 2022 Online applications open and information to parents / carers

15th January 2023

Closing date for applications (statutory)

Late applications, i.e. those received after midnight on 15 January 2023, will not be processed until additional rounds of allocations

17 April 2023

National Offer Day - offers made to parents / carers by WNC

10 May 2023

Cut-off date for consideration for inclusion in first round of reallocations

16 May 2023 (5pm)

The deadline by which all school admission appeal forms must be submitted

10 June 2023

Cut-off date for consideration for inclusion in second round of reallocations

28 June 2023

Cut-off date for consideration for inclusion in third round of reallocations
18 July 2023 Appeals lodged by the deadline of 16 May 2023 (5pm) will be heard by this date