Advice for Service families relocating to Hampshire
Hampshire County Council recognises the disadvantage frequently experienced by service families as a result of the fact that they can be moved at short notice.
Many Hampshire schools have extensive experience in working with service families and children. Areas of the county significantly affected by service personnel include Gosport, Marchwood, Wallop, Odiham, Aldershot, Winchester, Fleet, Shipton Bellinger etc. Portsmouth and Southampton are unitary authorities each with a separate School Admissions Service.
Hampshire’s approach to admission arrangements for service children is advised by paragraphs 1.41 and 2.18 of the School Admissions Code which came into force on 1 February 2012.
Have you received official notice of your move to Hampshire?
For service families with official proof of posting to Hampshire and of a relocation date, a Unit postal address or quartering area address will be accepted as the address for the application. You must send a copy of the official MOD, FCO or GCHQ letter declaring your relocation date to the County Admissions Team.
Applying for a school place to start in September 2013
If your child will be starting school for the first time; will need a Year 3 place or will be starting secondary school in September 2013, you should refer to the ''Guidance notes on Sept 2013 admission: Starting school and school transfers'' pages.
The local authority is committed to ensuring that families are offered school places quickly when they move into an area and its systems are designed to facilitate this. Places can be offered up to four school weeks in advance. Please refer to the web page ''Guidance notes on how to change school in-year'' for further information.
Admission to an infant class
Revised legislation on exceptions to infant class size legislation brings a new benefit to service families seeking school places for their children.
From February 2012, a child of a service family can be admitted (outside the main admissions round) creating an infant class of over 30 children, without an additional teacher being required. This means that it should be possible in many cases for such families to secure a place at their preferred infant or primary school with a minimum of delay even when that school is full in the child’s year group. However, such a place is not guaranteed: Hampshire has many service families; a number of service children may be seeking admission to the same school at the same time and this may not be possible. When each such application is considered, all relevant factors will be looked at before deciding whether an admission over 30 can be made.
Fair Access Protocol
For admission to year groups outside the infant years (Year R, 1 and 2), Hampshire includes children of service families in its Fair Access Protocol: and consequently may be admitted to a school even if it is deemed full in the year group. However, there is no guarantee of this as a number of service children may be seeking admission to the same school at the same time. It is likely that compounding circumstances would need to apply for a service family child to be admitted under Fair Access.
It should be noted that the local authority cannot always comply with parental preference.
If your child is refused admission to a school, you should be given a right of appeal. Please refer to the 'appeals' web page for further guidance about the process.
Hampshire Admission Forum
The Hampshire Admission Forum monitors outcomes for service families.