The County Council has processed more than 22,500 applications for children to start school in reception year (Year R) and to move from infant to their first year of junior education (Year 3). Just under 98 per cent (97.77 per cent) of parents have been offered a reception year place for their child in one of their three preferred choice schools, and just under 91 per cent (90.96 per cent), being allocated a place at their first choice of school.
Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is very good news and reflects how school place planning is essential in ensuring that there is a school place for every child in Hampshire. While schools are currently closed to all but the children of key workers or vulnerable children, due to the current response to the Coronavirus pandemic, I am optimistic that by September we will have returned to our normal day to day lives and children will be able to begin their time at school in the usual way.”
Of pupils transferring from infant school to junior school (Year 3), 99 per cent (99.07 per cent) received a place at one of their three choices – with just under 98 per cent (97.88 per cent) obtaining a place at their first choice school.
For the few cases where parents did not secure a place at a school of their choice, the County Council has advised them, in their notification, about the right to appeal and the arrangements for their preferred school’s waiting list. Often, places become available after the offer day and before September, for a variety of reasons including families moving house or out of the area, or if other parents change their mind and decide to decline the place originally allocated for their child, having secured an alternative place at another school.
In response to the current Covid-19 situation, parents of children starting school in September 2020 are advised to wait to be contacted by the school about how to present their proof of address and children’s birth certificate. They should not attempt to visit the school ahead of this, to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.
More information about the admissions process is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/admissions