Hampshire County Council's co-ordinated scheme describes how applications are processed in the main admission round. Each school’s admission policy sets out how applications will be prioritised if the school receives more applications than places available.
All on-time applications (received by the published deadline) will be considered together. The application form allows the applicant to name up to three schools, in preference order. If the process results in more than one of the parent's preferred schools being able to offer a place, reference will be made to the parent's preference order and the highest ranked of those schools will be offered. If none of the schools named can offer a place, the catchment or nearest school with a place will be allocated. Each child will be allocated only one school place.
Parent applies for
1. School A
2. School B
3. School C
School A is oversubscribed so admissions policy is used to allocate places. The pupil doesn’t come high enough in the school's admissions criteria to be allocated a place. School B is under subscribed so a place can be offered at School B. School C is oversubscribed but the pupil is high in relation to the school's admissions criteria so a place can be offered at School C. As School B is parent/carer's 2nd preference, a place is allocated at School B as this is the highest possible offer that can be made.
If your child is refused admission to a school, your child's name will be added to the waiting list of any higher preference school than the one you have been offered. You will also have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel against the decision to refuse. Information about the waiting list and your right of appeal will be in your notification letter. Appeals for admission in September will be heard from May onwards. If you choose to appeal you will need to make a written statement and most parents also attend the hearing to present their case in person. The decision of an independent appeal panel is binding upon the County Council and can only be overturned by the courts. If your appeal is unsuccessful, you cannot appeal again in the same academic year unless there is a significant and material change in your, your child’s or the school’s circumstances. Appeals for community and controlled schools are handled by the Independent Appeals Service. The governors of foundation, voluntary aided and academy schools are responsible for their own independent appeals arrangements.
Two weeks after the notification date, waiting lists will be established for oversubscribed schools. Each list will automatically include the names of all applicants for the school who have not received an offer of a higher preference school. Parents wishing their child to be included on the waiting list of lower preference school named in the application must inform the authority in writing. Please refer to the school's admission policy for details of how the waiting list is operated. A child will remain on the waiting list until 31 August 2016. Parents who wish to remain on the waiting list for the following academic year (2016/2017) will need to reapply in August 2016. Please refer to the web page 'Waiting lists' for further details.
After receiving outcome of your application, you may wish to make a new application to different schools than the ones you originally named. To do this, you will need to make a late application – application forms will be available on our website or from any Hampshire school. Once the late application has been processed, any offer that can be made will automatically withdraw your original offer of a place.
Subject to the dates below, late applications will be considered alongside others on the waiting lists and places offered in accordance with the admissions policy for each school.
After 31 October 2014 and
before 02 March 2015
16 March 2015
On or after 02 March 2014
From 17 March 2015 onwards
After 15 January 2015 and
before 16 April 2015
30 April 2015
On or after 16 April 2015
From 01 May 2015 onwards