Consultation on school admission arrangements for 2022 to 2023

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As the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in Hampshire (not including Portsmouth and Southampton), Hampshire County Council is seeking your views on its proposed admission arrangements for the school year 2022/23

This consultation will run from 9 November until 24 December 2020.

Background

The School Admissions Code (Dec 2014) published by the Department for Education, requires all admission authorities to consult on their admission arrangements if they are seeking to make changes from the previous year or if the arrangements have not been subject to a public consultation for at least 7 years, to ensure all views are heard. Consultation must be for a minimum of 6 weeks between 1 October 2020 and 31 January 2021. The final arrangements must be determined by 28 February 2021.

The admission arrangements include an admission policy for each phase of school, a list of school specific criteria, the published admission number (PAN) and catchment area for each community and voluntary controlled school.

The full admission arrangements including proposed changes are detailed below:

Published admission numbers (PANS)

We are proposing a reduction to the published admission number for the following schools:

  • Bishops Waltham Infant School, Southampton from 90 to 60
  • Chawton CE Primary School, Alton from 20 to 15
  • Mayhill Junior School, Hook from 70 to 65
  • Pennington Infant School, Lymington from 52 to 30
  • Pennington CE Junior School, Lymington from 52 to 30

The full list of proposed PANS for 2022/23 for all community and voluntary controlled schools in Hampshire are available below:

Admission policies

We are seeking an amendment to the wording relating to multiple birth siblings in the secondary and all-through admission policies to further clarify when multiple birth siblings can be admitted over PAN. This amendment brings the wording in line with that already included in the primary and junior policies.

Current wording:

Where a twin or child from a multiple birth is admitted to a school under this policy then any further twin or child of the same multiple birth will be admitted, if the parents so wish, even though this may raise the number in the year group above the school’s PAN.

Proposed wording (as already included in the primary and junior policy)

Where a twin or child from a multiple birth is offered the last place available within the PAN, any further twin or child of the same multiple birth will also be offered a place, if the parents so wish, even though this may raise the number in the year group above the school’s PAN.

We are also proposing the inclusion of a new school specific criterion for the following schools:

And the removal of a school specific criterion for:

Select the school name above for more details. The full list of school specific criteria for 2022-23 is available below.

The full proposed 2022/23 admission arrangements for Hampshire community and voluntary controlled schools are available via the links below. There are no proposed changes from the previous year other than those referred to above and in the catchment area section below.

Catchment areas

We are proposing changes to the catchment area for the following schools:  

Any comments previously received in response to the initial consultations with local schools and residents will be included in this wider admission arrangements consultation. Consultees do not need to resubmit their earlier comments.

How to respond to the consultation

Send your comments by e-mail to admissions.team@hants.gov.uk or you can write to:

School Admissions Team
Hampshire County Council
Children’s Services Department
Elizabeth II Court North
Winchester
SO23 8UG

All responses will be collated and considered by the Hampshire Admission Forum at their meeting of 6 January 2021, who will make recommendations to the Executive Member for Education and Skills, Cllr Roz Chadd, in advance of her decision day on 24 February 2021.

The final arrangements will be published on the County Council website by 15 March 2021. If you have any queries relating to this consultation or would like to request a paper copy of the consultation, please e-mail admissions.team@hants.gov.uk or phone 0300 555 1377.