Admission to school

provided by the Children's Services Department

Displaced children and displaced siblings

Rising birth rates mean that sometimes schools are not able to offer places to all of their catchment children.

Parents who apply in the normal admission round for their child's Year R, Year 3 (junior school) or Year 7 place who are:

  • refused a place at their catchment school, and

  • not offered a place at a higher named preference school, and

  • offered a place at a non-catchment school,

are considered as displaced children.

Community and voluntary controlled junior schools in Hampshire give a level of priority to children who were displaced to their linked infant school. Please refer to the school's admission policy for more details.

Many parents wish to send their children to the same school. An application for a brother or sister to join the same non-catchment school will be considered as a displaced sibling:

  • if the first child was admitted as a displaced child, and

  • is still attending the school or its linked infant or junior and will still be on roll at the time of the siblings admission, and

  • the children remain living in the catchment area of the school from which the first child was displaced.

Subsequent children in the family unit will also be considered as displaced siblings if a sibling is still attending the school or linked infant or junior school and they remaining living in the catchment area of the school from which the first child was displaced.

The County Admission Team has a record of every child who was refused a place at their catchment school in the normal admissions round. Displaced children and displaced siblings will be identified using these records.