Hampshire schools admit boys and girls of all abilities.
infant: for pupils aged four to seven (some have nurseries for three- to four-year-olds)
junior: for pupils aged seven to 11
all-through primary: for pupils aged four to 11
secondary: for pupils aged 11–16 (some secondary schools have sixth forms 16–18).
all through schools for pupils aged four to 16
Years 1 & 2
Key Stage 1
Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
Key Stage 2
Years 7, 8 & 9
Key Stage 3
Years 10 & 11
Key Stage 4
Academies - independently managed, all ability schools set up by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups in partnership with the Department for Education and the local authority. Admissions are co-ordinated by Hampshire County Council.
Community schools - maintained by Hampshire County Council as the local authority.
Community special schools - for children with special educational needs, maintained by Hampshire County Council.
Federations - this term describes when two or more schools have a formal agreement to share governance arrangements and work together to raise standards.
Foundation schools - maintained by Hampshire County Council but the governors are responsible for admissions. Trust schools are included in this category.
Free Schools - a new type of all ability state funded independent school, free from local authority control.
Trust schools - a local authority maintained foundation school supported by a charitable Trust.
Voluntary schools - originally set up by voluntary bodies, such as the Church of England or Roman Catholic Church, but with most of their running costs now funded by Hampshire County Council. (Voluntary aided schools are responsible for their own admissions. Voluntary controlled schools follow Hampshire County Council’s admission policy.)