Majority of Hampshire pupils offered preferred choice of secondary school

More than 98 per cent of parents in Hampshire have been offered a place for their child, at one of their three preferred choices for a secondary school in September 2022

Mar 1 2022

This picture shows a group of children running outside of school, used as part of press release about school admissions

Of those who applied for a Year 7 place (for September 2022) by the application deadline, more than 92 per cent have been offered a place at their first choice school. The County Council received 14,982 on-time applications this year – an increase of 499 applications compared to the number received for places in September 2021 (14,483).

Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “This is another fantastic result for pupils starting secondary education this autumn. Demand for school places continues to grow and our Admissions Team works incredibly hard each year to meet parents’ preferences as far as possible. Our continued investment in expanding our schools plays an invaluable role in making sure that we keep pace with rising pupil numbers.

“With demand being so high, we understand that not everyone will have secured a place at one of their preferred schools. I would ask parents and carers in this situation to look at the guidance on our website for advice on their options.”

Pupils who did not secure a place at one of their chosen schools have been allocated a place at their catchment school or the next nearest available school. Parents have the right to appeal in these situations and their child’s name will be added to the waiting list for their preferred schools. Places do become available owing to parents changing their mind, or families moving home.

In notifying parents of their offer, the Admissions Team sent parents who applied online, an email confirming the outcome of their application. They can also view their offer by logging into the secure, online portal using the same log-in details provided when making their online application. Those parents who applied on paper have been notified by post and should receive their letters in two to three days.

A set of Frequently Asked Questions to answer queries parents may have after receiving their place offer have been published on the Admissions webpages

The Admissions Team is now busy processing primary school applications with school place offers due to go out to parents on 19 April 2022