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As part of  the Soke Education Trust,  Northborough Primary School follows  the accepted  ‘Admissions Criteria for admissions and Appeals Procedures’ agreed following consultation.

As part of the Soke Education Trust we have a Service Level Agreement with Peterborough City Council for Admissions and Appeals.  For further information  and timescales please use this link  

If you wish to enquire about a school space for your child at Northborough Primary School, please contact the Local Authority Admissions Department (01733 864007) who will advise you on how to apply for any places that may be available.

You can find a copy of our School Prospectus on this website.

Click here to visit the admissions page on the LA website where you can find further information and the appropriate forms. We adhere to the LA admissions policy to address starting in Reception, in-year transfers and appeals.

September 2024 starters 

You can apply for a primary school place for September 2024 from 12 September 2023.

More information can be found here: Primary school admissions - September 2024 - Peterborough City Council

Choosing a school is a difficult process. No prospectus can fully describe the atmosphere and ethos of a community such as Northborough Primary School.

Please have a look through our school prospectus, which gives a good flavour of life at Northborough School.


Entry in to the Foundation Stage


  • September - Application process for starting in Foundation begins. Opportunity for parents/carers to visit individual schools.
  • October and November - Parents, or prospective parents, visit school by booking on to one of the schools' prospective parent tours
  • Mid-January - National Closing Date - Closing date for completed online applications. We strongly recommend that you do not delay your application to the last minute in case of technical problems. SIFS to have been returned to schools directly.
  • April - Parents that applied online can log onto Peterborough city Council's website from 12.30am to see which school their child has been offered. Allocation information will be published on the Peterborough City Council website. Letters will be posted 2nd class to parents who did not make an online application. No decisions will be made by telephone.
  • Early May - Closing date for parents to either accept or refuse the school place offered. If the parent does not reply, the offer will be withdrawn.
  • June - Parents are invited to attend a new intake presentation where teachers will give an overview into the life of the Foundation Stage classroom. There will also be an opportunity to meet the catering team and members of Sunflower Seeds Childcare (before/ after school club).
  • In June/July - The Foundation teacher will visit feeder nurseries, pre-schools and childminders by appointment and with parental consent.
  • July - Children and their parents are invited to school for a 'taster session'
  • September - Children to start school full or part-time by pre-arrangement

Criteria for Admission

  • Looked after children.
  • Children living in the school’s catchment area.
  • Children who have brothers and sisters in attendance at the school.
  • Children living closest to the school on the shortest available safe walking route.

September Intake

At Northborough Primary School, our first concern is for the individual child, and so we have a gentle Intake Procedure that ensures the children's first days at school are happy and calm, and causes little stress.

The children are divided into two groups and each group starts school on a part-time basis, attending either the morning or afternoon session. This gives the Foundation Stage staff time to be with the children, spend time helping them to adjust to their new situation and to assess their stages of development.

As each group settles down, the children are invited to stay for lunch. This can be a little overwhelming, so Foundation children go to lunch earlier than the rest of the school.

After a short time, children are offered a full-time place; the majority of the children are attending school full-time by the second week in September. If your child needs a little longer on a part-time basis, however, this can be discussed with the class-teacher. We will discuss how the child has settled, their age, and how they are coping physically, mentally and emotionally.

Admission to school at other times

Children often start school at times other than the Foundation Stage, i.e. if you are moving to the area. In the event of this happening with your child, every effort is made to make you and your family welcome and to make the transition to the new environment as smoothly as possible. Please contact the school if you have any anxieties about your child. You are always welcome at school.

The agreed admissions number for class groups is 30, with the overall school total being 188 pupils. These totals may only be exceeded if particular circumstances arise.

Appeal Procedure

Any parent of a child not being admitted is entitled to appeal the decision to the Department for Education (DfE) for reconsideration.

Confirmation of Places

A letter is sent out as soon as places in the school are confirmed by Peterborough City Council Admissions Team.

Office telephone number: 01733 252204

Secondary Transfer

31 October -The first admissions round for secondary school places closes  

March - Offers are sent to parents

31 March - Second round applications close. 

End April -  The outcome will be posted to parents