Applying for a reception place (Year R)
If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they will be eligible to start school in the school year beginning September 2023
- Preparation for making an application
- Apply for a school place
- How applications are processed
- Address information
- Applying to a school on medical or social grounds
- Applying to a church school on faith grounds
- Definition of displaced children and displaced siblings
- Advice for UK service families
- Changing your application after the deadline/making a late application
- Online application guidance notes
- Apply online
Please ensure you press ‘Submit now’ when making your application online. Saving the form in order to return later will not mean your form is submitted. If you do not submit your form on-time by midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023, then your application will be considered after all on-time applications have been processed, which means you will be less likely to be offered a place at one of your preferred schools if your application is late.
- Receiving the outcome of your application
The national notification date for on-time applicants is 17 April 2023
If you applied online, you will be sent an e-mail confirming the outcome of your application on the notification date.
If you applied using a paper form, you will be sent a letter on the notification date by post. Please allow 2 to 3 working days for your letter to arrive.
- What happens next
To accept the place that you have been offered, you must provide the school with evidence of the address provided on your application form and of your child’s date of birth before the child starts school.
You will be asked to provide two of the following as evidence of address:
- a recent household bill, for example a gas, electricity, water, or Council Tax bill
- a recent bank statement, credit card statement, or store card statement
And if you have moved house:
- a solicitor’s letter confirming that exchange of contracts has taken place, or
- a signed tenancy agreement (usually for a 12-month period)
If you have not been offered a place at your preferred school, your child will be added to the waiting list. You also have a right of appeal against the refusal.
- Further information and guidance
- Starting School in Hampshire: a guide for parents, carers and practitioners to help ensure the best possible start to school for Hampshire’s children
- Decelerated admission for summer born children
- Childcare and Early Years
- Previous years admissions data
- Home to school transport
- Free school meals
- School term dates
- Ready, Steady School – Advice to help build your child’s confidence so that they start school with enthusiasm; curious and ready to learn
- Pre-school Immunisations – Is your child up-to-date? Speak to your health visitor or practice nurse for advice
- Contact us