Consultation on school admission arrangements for 2020/21

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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 2020 to 2021.


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 have determined them by 28 February 2019.

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 is a school catchment area that has 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 2020/21:

  • A reduction to the Published admission number of the following schools:
    • King's Furlong Infant School and Nursery, in Basingstoke, from 90 to 60
    • Merton Infant School, in Basingstoke, from 90 to 60
    • Merton Junior School, in Basingstoke, from 90 to 60
    • Tadley Community Primary School, in Tadley, from 60 to 45
    • Potley Hill Primary School, in Yateley, from 45 to 30
    • Marlborough Infant School, in Aldershot, from 42 to 30
    • Harestock Primary School, in Winchester, from 36 to 30
    • Oliver's Battery Primary School, in Winchester, from 40 to 30
    • Henry Cort Community School, in Fareham, from 210 to 180
  • A change to the catchment area of Nightingale Primary school in Eastleigh, in response to a review of the school provision to accommodate the new housing at North Stoneham Park, for which a new Primary Free school is to be built, on land south of Chestnut Avenue.
  • 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 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 2019, who will make recommendations to the Executive Member for Education, Cllr Stephen Reid, in advance of his decision day on 22 February 2019.