Admission Arrangements

Admissions Policy 2021

Apply Online

Before you apply online, it is important to know what type of admission you are applying for. There are two types:

  • Main round admissions – this applies specifically to the main intake of pupils who are due to start Year R at a primary or infant school, Year 3 at a junior school or Year 7 at a secondary school in September.
  • In Year admissions – these are when a child needs an immediate school place outside of the usual transfer times, for example, because of a house move.

Main round applications

Secondary transfer

Applications are now closed. If you still need to apply for a Year 7 secondary school place for your child in September 2021, please refer to the Hampshire admissions page for details on how to make a late application. Please see link at the bottom of the page.

In-year applications

If you are seeking an immediate school place for your child at a Hampshire school, you can apply for a place using the link below.  In-year applications for an immediate start during the current academic year can also be made online.


Deciding which schools to apply for

How to find information about schools

The GOV.UK website

This website provides a helpful starting point. To identify schools local to your home, visit

Here you will find an A-Z list of all publicly funded schools. For each school, there are contact details, a location map, links to the school’s website, the school’s latest Ofsted report, the school’s admission arrangements, including a map of the catchment area where applicable, and the names of the school governors.

You can also use the school catchment area finder to check the catchment school for your address.

The school’s website

This includes lots of useful information, such as a statement about ethos and values, the school’s admission policy, the school’s special educational needs policy, pupil absence rates, links to Ofsted reports and details of the schools latest Key Stage 2 or 4 attainment and progress measures. Secondary schools also include information about examination results and where pupils go after they leave school.

Visit the school

Each school is a community with its own special character. Schools welcome individual visits, but you will need to make an appointment to meet the headteacher and to look round the school during the school day. Most schools have open evenings or open days when you can visit and see the school in action.

The school prospectus

This is a paper version of the information published on the school’s website. You can request a copy from the school.

  • Use your preferences wisely: investigate schools, especially your catchment area school. Find out how many applications the school had last year compared to places available, and the final criterion used to allocate places. This may give you some idea of the likelihood of your preference being met.
  • Attending a nursery attached to an infant or primary school does not give any priority for admission to the school.
  • Accepting a place at a school does not guarantee a place at the same school for other children in the family.

For more information please visit the link below

School catchment area finder