Admission to school

provided by the Children's Services Department

What does 'Displaced' and 'Displaced Sibling' mean?

Displaced means children who were refused a place at the catchment school in the normal admission round having named it on the application and were not offered a place at a higher named preference school.

Due to rising birth rates, the Admissions Team are aware that there have been occasions where a school has been oversubscribed from within its catchment area and as a result, not all of the catchment children whose parents applied for a place at the school in the normal admission round were able to gain places.

We are aware that this can cause issues for families, especially for a displaced child in the infant to junior transfer round, or when a younger sibling of a displaced child needs to apply for a school place, known as a 'displaced sibling'.  Due to this, in the community and controlled schools admissions policies, Hampshire County Council gives a priority to these children.  

I am applying for a Year 3 place at a junior school and my child was displaced to the linked infant school.  What do I need to do?

Firstly, you must apply on-time for the Year 3 admission round before the closing date of 15 January. You must also name the linked junior school as a preference and still be living at the same address.  The County Admission Team have a record of every child who made an on-time application in the normal admissions round and was displaced from their catchment school due to oversubscription. All applications will be compared against this central record.  Once validated, you will be granted the 3(ii) criterion on the junior policy and you will be considered against the school's admissions policy as an in-catchment child attending a linked school.  

I am applying for my younger child and my older child was displaced.  What do I need to do?

On the application form you will be asked whether the child you are applying for has a brother or sister on the roll of your preferred school (or linked school for Year R and Year 3 applications). You are asked to name them and to indicate (by way of a tick box) whether your child's sibling was 'displaced'.

  • For Year 7 applicants  

    You should tick this box if you made an on-time Year 7 application for the named brother or sister when they were in Year 6, and on the national notification date, you were allocated a place at another school because no places were available at the named catchment school for your address, your older child still attends that school and you have not since moved house. Your application will be validated against the County Admissions Team central record.

  • For Year R or Year 3 applicants  

    You should tick this box if you made an on-time Year R or Year 3 application (when they were in Year 2) for the named brother or sister, and on the notification date, you were allocated a place at another school because no places were available at the named catchment school for your address, your child still attends that school and you have not since moved house. Your application will be validated against the County Admissions Team central record.

Applications for displaced sibling status, will be prioritised and treated alongside catchment applicants with a sibling on roll of the school (or linked school for Year R and Year 3 applications), criterion 3(i) in the Hampshire County Council's admissions policies.  In future normal admissions rounds, a younger sibling will be considered to have been displaced where they were allocated a place at the school or linked infant school under this criteria as a consequence of their elder sibling’ displacement and the address remains same.