Consultation on school admission arrangements for 2019 to 2020

Consultation open until

Hampshire County Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in Hampshire (not including Portsmouth or Southampton) and is therefore responsible for determining the admission arrangements for these schools. The County Council is conducting a consultation on its proposed admission arrangements for these schools for the academic year 2019 to 2020.

Background

School admissions regulations, detailed in the School Admissions Code (published by the Department for Education, December 2014), require all admission authorities to consult on any proposed changes to their arrangements by 31 January and to a have determined them by 28 February 2018.

The term ‘admission arrangements’ means the overall procedure, practices and oversubscription criteria used in deciding on the allocation of school places. In the case of the Hampshire County Council, as a Local Authority with a responsibility for co-ordinating a centralised main round process, as well as being the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools, this includes a Co-ordinated Scheme for the main admissions round; an admission policy for each phase of school; a list of school specific criteria and the published admission number (PAN) for each community and voluntary controlled school. Additionally, there are a number of school catchment areas that have been reviewed in the light of new housing development.

Description of the proposed changes to Hampshire’s admission arrangements

We want your views on proposed changes to the admission arrangements for 2019/20:

  • A change to the co-ordinated scheme which will see late applications received during the normal admissions round being considered on the first working day after the national notification date rather than two weeks after the national notification date, and late applications received on or after the notification date being considered after in daily order of receipt.
  • Changes to the admission policy:
    • a revision of the medical criterion to include social reasons and to specify what evidence would be accepted to support any applications under the criterion
    • an amendment to the linked school criterion in the secondary policy
  • A reduction to the Published admission number of the following schools:
    • Buryfields Infant School, in Odiham, from 75 to 70
    • Chiltern Primary School, in Basingstoke, from 45 to 30
    • Holbrook Primary School, in Gosport, from 45 to 30 (including 2 statemented pupil admitted to specialist SEN provision)
    • North Baddesley Junior School, in Southampton, from 90 to 64
    • Park View Primary School, in Basingstoke, from 90 to 60
    • Poulner Infant School, in Ringwood, from 75 to 60
    • Preston Candover CE Primary School, from 26 to 20
    • Riders Infant School, in Havant, from 90 to 60
    • Rucstall Primary School, in Basingstoke, from 34 to 30
    • Rownhams St John's CE Primary School, in Southampton, from 45 to 40
    • Shakespeare Infant and Shakespeare Junior Schools, in Eastleigh, from 120 to 90
    • South View Infant School and South View Junior School, in Basingstoke, from 64 (including 4 statemented pupil admitted to specialist SEN provision) to 60 (plus 4 statemented pupil admitted to specialist SEN provision)
    • St James CE Primary School, in Emsworth, from 34 to 30
    • Trosnant Infant School and Trosnant Junior School, in Havant, from 90 to 60
    • Westfields Junior School,in Yateley, from 105 to 90
    • Crestwood Community School, in Eastleigh, from 286 (including 5 places for children with an EHCP admitted to specialist SEN provision) to 240 (including 7 places for children with an EHCP admitted to specialist SEN provision)
  • Changes to the catchment areas of the identified local schools at the following locations in Hampshire:
    • North Waltham Primary School, Kempshott Infant School, Kempshott Junior School, Brighton Hill Community School and Aldworth School in Basingstoke, in response to a review of the school provision to accommodate the new Hounsome Fields and Kennel Farm developments;
    • Haselworth Primary School and Alverstoke Community Infant School in Gosport, in response to a review of the school provision to accommodate Leep Lane, The Haven and housing North of Clayhall Road
    • Netley Abbey Infant, Netley Abbey Junior School, Bursledon CE Infant School and Bursledon Junior School within the Eastleigh Borough, in response to a review of the school provision to accommodate the new Land South of Bursledon Road, Land at Jurd Way/West of Hamble Lane (Kingfisher Grange), Land North of Cranbury Gardens and Berry Farm developments
    • Bursledon CE Infant School, Bursledon Junior School and Kings Copse Primary School within the Eastleigh Borough, in response to a review of the school provision to accommodate the new housing at Land East of Dodwell Lane (Latitude) and all existing properties directly East of Dodwell Lane
    • Botley CE (Controlled) Primary School, Freegrounds Infant School, Freegrounds Junior School, Wildern Academy Trust (sponsor of the new primary free school at Boorley Park) within the Eastleigh Borough, in response to a review of the school provision to accommodate the new housing at Land East of Sovereign Drive and Precosa Road, the Boorley Park and Crows Nest developments

Co-ordinated Scheme

Proposed Admissions policies for each phase of school

The existing admissions policies for every community and voluntary controlled school can be found on the ‘Find a school’ pages

Proposed admissions numbers

Catchment area Reviews

Any comments previously received in response to the initial consultation 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

To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email 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 considered by the Hampshire Admission Forum at their meeting of 31 January 2018, who will make recommendations to the Elected Member for Education, Cllr Peter Edgar, in advance of his decision day on 21 February 2018.