Changes for 2021

4 preferences for secondary school applicants

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the testing timetables for selective schools have been severely disrupted meaning that schools will not be able to make the tests and their results available before 31 October – the closing date for secondary school applications.

As a result, the Department of Education have asked local authorities to consider the impact of this on their families and for those authorities who only offer the minimum 3 preferences, to consider offering an additional preference.

There are no selective schools in Hampshire but each year approximately 130 Hampshire families apply to selective schools in neighbouring local authorities. To ensure that these families are not disadvantaged, Hampshire County Council has decided to increase the number of preferences that parents can select from 3 to 4 for this year only. This will apply to ALL secondary school applicants, whether they are applying to selective schools or not.

If applying to a selective school as one of your preferences it would usually be named as first preference. We strongly advise that all parents consider using at least one preference to name their catchment or other local schools in order to increase their chances of gaining one of their preferred schools.