Guidance on applying for a school place for September 2015
How applications are processed (on-time/late applications & what to do if unsuccessful)
- Data from September 2013 admissions
Other information & useful links, for School catchment finder, Free School Meals, School Uniform Grant and transport.
Admission to Year R
If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, they are due to start school in the school year beginning September 2015.
Applications for Year R will open on Saturday 1 November 2014. Please refer to the Timeline for the 'Starting school' application process.
The following links contain other relevant information about starting school:
- When will my child start school?
- A guide to Starting school in Hampshire 366 kB (contains advice about full-time/part-time attendance and deferment)
- Primary & infant school admission policy for community & voluntary controlled schools. 43 kB
Applying for a place in Year 3 in a junior school
If your child attends Year 2 of an infant school, you will need to make an application for admission to Year 3 in a junior school, to start in September 2015. In October of Year 2, your child's infant school will give you a letter explaining (for Hampshire parents only) how to register on the Hampshire online admissions system. This letter will contain a unique identification number allowing you to access your child's details once you have registered online. If you are new to Hampshire, or your child has recently changed schools, you may need to complete your child's details after you have registered online.
Applications for Year 3 junior school will open on Saturday 1 November 2014. Please refer to the Timeline for the 'Infant to Junior school' application process.Junior school admission policy for community and voluntary controlled schools. 39 kB
Please note that it is not possible to apply for a Year 3 place at an all-through primary school in this round. Please read the advice given on the link below:
Applying for a place in Year 7
If your child attends Year 6 in a primary or junior school, you will need to make an application for admission to Year 7 in a secondary school, to start in September 2015. In September of Year 6, your child's primary or junior school will give you a letter explaining (for Hampshire parents only) how to register on the Hampshire online admissions system. This letter will contain a unique identification number allowing you to access your child's details once you have registered online. If you are new to Hampshire, or your child has recently changed schools, you may need to complete your child's details after you have registered online.
Applications for Year 7 will open on Monday 15 September 2014. Please refer to the Timeline for the 'Secondary transfer' application process.Secondary school admission policy for community schools. 35 kB
Applying for other year groups
There are two main reasons why you might be applying for a school place other than at the normal times of school transfer: You might be moving house or unhappy with your child’s current school.
Applications for admission at the start of term in September 2015 for year groups which are not the main point of entry for the school will be considered from 08 June 2015. Applications that specify that they are for a September 2015 start date will not be considered or responded to until after this date.
Applications for admission during the academic year 2014-2015 can be considered at any time and the school may hold the place for your child for up to four school weeks.
How to apply
Parents wishing to apply for a place at a publicly funded school in Hampshire outside the main admissions round can apply online or request an application form directly from the school. Paper applications should be submitted to your preferred school. The school will normally write to you with the decision within 10 school days.
Parents wishing to apply for a place at a publicly funded school in another local authority should contact that local authority for an application and advice about their in-year admission procedures.
If you are moving house
Evidence of your new address should be sent to the County Admissions Team. Proof of exchange of contracts or a signed tenancy agreement will normally be accepted.
If you are applying from overseas, you may use a UK address if you have one, subject to the same requirements as above, i.e. exchange of contracts or signed tenancy agreement. Other evidence to substantiate ownership of a property may be required. If you cannot provide any of this, you must use your current address in your application. You must also provide a copy of the parent and child's passports and visas before we can offer a school place. [The Border agency website provides useful advice about children studying abroad. A link is provided on the Department for Education website.]
For service families, with official proof of posting to Hampshire and a relocation date, a Unit postal address, quartering area address or home address will be accepted as the address for the application.
Receiving the decision
If you are offered a place, the school will require your child to start at the school within four school weeks. (if your child is starting in Year R for the first time, please discuss admission arrangements with the school.')
If the school cannot offer your child a place, you will receive a letter of refusal containing details of what to do next. Your child's name will automatically be added to the school's waiting list. You may also appeal against the decision not to admit your child.
Need assistance finding a school place?
If you need help finding a school place for your child, you should contact the County Admissions Team. The County Admissions Team can help advise parents of the nearest school with a place available. You will need to make a new application to this school, or any other new school that you are interested in, by either using the online system or by submitting a paper application form