School waiting lists

All over-subscribed schools run waiting lists

Waiting lists are established two weeks after the national notification date.

The list

If you are refused a place your child will automatically be added to the waiting list of any school named on your application that was a higher preference than the school allocated to your child.

You must let us know if you no longer wish to be on the waiting list of any of your preferred schools.

If you want to join the waiting list of a lower preference school or another school, you will need to make a new application.

Your child’s position on the list

Your child's position on a waiting list is determined by the priority order shown in the school's admission policy. For example:

  • living in the school's catchment area
  • having a brother or sister at the school or
  • the distance from your home to school

Your child's position on a waiting list may move up or down:

  • each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list
  • when a child’s changed circumstances affect their priority

The position does not take account of the length of time your child's name has been on the waiting list.

You must tell the Admissions Team if your circumstances change as this could affect your child's position on the school's waiting list.

To find out your child's position on the waiting list contact the school or the County Admissions Team

Offering a place

When a place becomes available, the child at the top of the waiting list at that time will be offered the place.

Please note that if we are able to offer your child a place from the waiting list, any previous offer will automatically be withdrawn.

Closing lists

Waiting lists for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in Hampshire will close on 31 August 2018. Parents wishing to keep their child's name on the waiting list for the following academic year (2018/2019) will need to re-apply for a place at the school during August 2018.