If your child or a member of your family living at the same address has a serious medical, physical or psychological need that makes it essential that the child attends the preferred school, you may request priority for a place under the school's medical criterion, if it has one, by ticking the appropriate box on your application form. Please bear in mind that all schools can cope with special educational needs and common childhood complaints such as asthma or allergies.
Supporting evidence must also be submitted by the deadline, for example, a letter from a registered health professional setting out the reasons why the medical condition makes the school in question the only school able to support your child’s or your family’s needs. All information submitted will be regarded as confidential. Your application will not be considered under the medical criterion if you do not provide your supporting evidence by the application deadline.
For Hampshire community and controlled schools, requests for priority under the medical criterion can only be considered for on-time applicants. The evidence will be considered by the school and a panel of senior officers at Hampshire County Council. If either party (the preferred school or the panel of officers) does not consider admission to the school to be essential, then the application will be considered against the school’s remaining oversubscription criteria in their admission policy.
Supporting evidence for academies and aided, foundation and trust schools will be sent to the school’s admissions authority for their consideration. Please note that not all schools include a medical criterion within their oversubscription criteria. Others may consider medical evidence for both on-time and late applicants. You should refer to the school's admission policy for further information.