School Catchment Area Change – Hounsome Fields and Kennel Farm, Basingstoke - Consultation

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Hampshire County Council is reviewing the school catchments in your area to accommodate the new housing at Hounsome Fields and Kennel Farm. We are talking to the local schools about a proposed change to the catchment area and inviting your views with regard to the catchment change.

Description

The current catchment arrangements put the new housing within the catchment area of North Waltham Primary School and Brighton Hill Community School (Secondary). Due to the infrastructure and the location of the surrounding schools, it is impractical to leave the development in its current catchment area.

It is therefore proposed that the catchment boundaries should be redrawn for admission in September 2019 onwards. This would move all of the new housing at Hounsome Fields and Kennel Farm and existing properties into the catchment areas of Kempshott Infant School, Kempshott Junior School and Aldworth School.

Transitional arrangements are proposed by the County Council to mitigate the impact of this change for families currently living in the affected area with children already in the existing catchment schools, as follows:

  • Transitional arrangements for admission to North Waltham Primary School: A child starting school for the first time who has a sibling on roll at North Waltham Primary School (who was on roll prior to the catchment change and who will still be attending the school at the time of the younger child’s admission), will also be given catchment priority for North Waltham Primary School up to, and including, admission in September 2024.
  • Transitional arrangements for admission to Brighton Hill Community School: A child due to transfer to secondary school, who has a sibling on roll at North Waltham Primary School (who was on roll prior to the catchment change and who will still be on roll at the time of the younger child’s admission), will also be given catchment priority for Brighton Hill Community School, up to, and including, admission in September 2022.

Hounsome and Kennel Primary Catchment Change

Hounsome and Kennel Secondary Catchment Change

Subject to the required approval the catchment change will be implemented for September 2019 admissions. All details will be updated in literature and on the Hampshire County Council web pages and online tools to reflect this change.

Any comments on this proposal should be sent to Nathaniel Forrest, Strategic Development Assistant, Children’s Services Department, Hampshire County Council, Elizabeth II Court East, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UG or by email to strategicplanningunit@hants.gov.uk no later than 3 November 2017. Your comments will inform the admission arrangements that are put forward in the public consultation that will open in December 2017 which will be accessible via this website.