In year applications
For admission applications at any other time of the year (in Year application) you can either apply directly to the Hampshire website, or to the school office to discuss your application further or to collect a registration form. All applications will be considered following the school’s admissions policy.
Please use the following link if you wish to apply directly to Hampshire admissions –
For further information please use the following link –
This policy will be used during 2023/2024 for allocating places in the main admission round for entry to Year R in September 2024. It will also apply to in-year admissions during 2024/25.
The Governing Body of Warren Park Primary School is the admission authority for the school. The admission arrangements are determined by the Governing Body, after statutory consultations.
The guiding principles of the school admissions policy are that each school should serve its local community; that siblings as far as possible can attend school together; and that children can benefit from continuity between schools serving the same community. The policy aims to be clear, fair, and objective and complies with all relevant legislation.
Published Admission Number (PAN)
The published admission number (PAN) for entry to Year R is 60. The school will admit this number of children if there are sufficient applications. Where there are fewer applications than the published admission number, places will be offered to all applicants.
The Governing Body will consider first all those applications received by the published deadline of midnight on 15 January 2024. Notifications to parents offering a primary school place will be sent by the County Council on 16 April 2024.
Applications made after the deadline will be considered after all on-time applications have been fully processed unless exceptional circumstances merit consideration alongside on- time applications.
For the normal admission round, all on time preferences will be considered simultaneously and ranked in accordance with the admission criteria. If more than one school can offer a place, the parent’s highest stated available preference will be allocated.
Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan
Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan naming the school will be admitted. Where possible such children will be admitted within the PAN.
When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to children in the following order:
- Looked after children or children who were previously looked after (see definition i).
- Children or families with an exceptional medical and/or social need. Each application must include supporting evidence from an independent professional such as a doctor and/or consultant for medical needs or a social worker, health visitor, housing officer, the police or probation officer for social needs. This evidence must confirm the child or family’s medical or social need and why that need(s) makes it essential that the child attends Warren Park Primary School rather than any other (see definition ii). Applicants will only be considered under this criterion if on the application for (online or paper) they have ticked the appropriate box explicitly indicating that they wish for their application to be considered under medical/social need and supporting evidence is submitted with the application.
- Children living in the catchment area (see definition iv) who at the time of application have a sibling (see definition v) on the roll of the school who will still be on roll at the time of admission. [See 7 for additional children who may be considered under this criterion.]
- Children living out of the catchment area who at the time of application have a sibling (see definition v) on the roll of the school who will still be on roll at the time of admission. [Where a sibling was allocated a place at the school in the normal admission round in a previous year because the child was displaced (see definition vi) from the catchment school for their address, the application will be considered under 4, subject to the siblings still living in the catchment area for the school from which they were displaced. In future normal admissions rounds a younger sibling will be considered to have been displaced where they were allocated a place at the school under this criterion as a consequence of their elder sibling’s displacement and are still living in the catchment area for the school from which they were displaced].
- Other children living in the catchment area of the school.
- Children of staff (see definition iii) who have, (1) been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or (2) have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
- Other children.
(i) Looked after children are defined as those who are (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). Previously looked after children are those who were looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption order, child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or section 12 of the Adoption Act 1976. Child arrangements orders are defined in section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians). Previously looked after children also includes those who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.
(ii)‘Medical need’ does not include common medical conditions supported in mainstream schools, such as asthma or allergies. ‘Social need’ does not include a parent’s wish that a child attends the school because of a child’s aptitude or ability or because their friends attend the school or because of routine childminding arrangements. Priority will be given to those children whose evidence establishes that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose evidence establishes that a family member’s physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Evidence must confirm the circumstances of the case and must set out why the child should attend a particular school and why no other school could meet the child’s needs. Providing evidence does not guarantee that a child will be given priority at a particular school and in each case a decision will be made based on the merits of the case and whether the evidence demonstrates that a placement should be made at one school above any other.
(iii) ‘Staff’ includes all those on the payroll of the school who (specific to clause (1)) have been an employee continuously for two years at the time of application. ‘Children of staff’ refers to situations where the staff member is the natural parent, the legal guardian, or a resident step parent.
(iv)A map of the school’s catchment area is available on the school’s details page of the Hampshire County Council website www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/findaschool.
(v)‘Sibling’ refers to brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, adoptive brother or adoptive sister, foster brother or foster sister, stepbrother or stepsister living as one family unit at the same address. It will also be applied to situations where a full, half or adopted brother or sister are living at separate addresses. Criteria 4 and 7 include children who at the time of application have a sibling for whom the offer of a place at the preferred school or linked junior school has been accepted, even if the sibling is not yet attending. It also includes, in the normal admissions round, children who have a sibling on roll in Year 2 at the preferred infant school at the time of application, who are successful in gaining a place at the linked junior school on the national notification date.
(vi)‘Displaced’ refers to a child who was refused a place at the catchment school in the normal admission round having named it on the application and was not offered a higher named preference school. To identify the child’s catchment school please use https://maps.hants.gov.uk/SchoolCatchmentAreaFinder. Note that some addresses are in catchment for more than one school and in this case, ‘displaced’ refers to a child who was refused a place at any of their catchment schools.
If the school is oversubscribed from within any of the above categories, straight line distance will be used to prioritise applications; applicants living nearer the school have priority.
Distances will be measured from the Ordnance Survey home address point to the school address point using Hampshire County Council’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Distances to multiple dwellings will give priority to the ground floor over the first floor and so on. On individual floors, distances will be measured to the stairs leading to the communal entrance. Where two or more applicants are equidistant, random allocation will be used to allocate the place. An explanation of the random allocation procedure is available on the County website. This method of prioritising admissions will also apply to any ‘school specific’ criterion unless otherwise stated in the school’s brochure.
The child’s permanent residence is where they live, normally including weekends and during school holidays as well as during the week, and should be used for the application. The permanent residence of children who spend part of their week with one parent and part with the other, at different addresses, will be the address at which they spend most of their time. Where a child’s time is evenly divided between the parents, parents must agree which address they would like to be considered for the purposes of the application. In the event of a dispute, in the absence of a relevant court order, the admission authority will make a judgement about which address applied, taking into account the address registered with the child’s current school, nursery, preschool or childminder, the address registered for child benefit and the address registered with the child’s GP.
Where a twin or child from a multiple birth is offered the last place available within the PAN, any further twin or child of the same multiple birth will also be offered a place, if the parents so wish, even though this may raise the number in the year group above the school’s PAN.
Fair Access placements by the local authority
Outside the normal admission round, it may sometimes be necessary for a pupil to be placed by the local authority, or a local placement panel acting on behalf of the authority, in a particular school even if there is a waiting list for admission. Such placements will be made in accordance with Hampshire County Council’s Fair Access Protocol. The Protocol is based on legislation and government guidance.
When all available places have been allocated, waiting lists will be operated by the school on behalf of the local authority. Any places that become available will be offered to the child at the top of the list on the day the place became available. The waiting list is ordered according to the criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list or any priority order expressed as part of the main admission round. Fair Access admissions and school closure arrangements will take priority over the waiting list.
The waiting list will be reviewed and revised –
- each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list;
- when a child’s changed circumstances affect their priority;
- twice a year, when parents with a child on the waiting list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the waiting list.
At the time of receiving an application decision from the County Council or the school, parents will be advised of the process for adding their child’s name to the school’s waiting list. Parents may keep their child’s name on the waiting list of as many schools as they wish.
All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.
For information about the appeal process, including how to lodge an appeal, please visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions/guidance/appeals.
Pupils born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 (inclusive) are entitled to full- time schooling from September 2024. Parents can choose to defer their child’s admission until later in the school year (but not beyond the start of the term after they reach compulsory school age). Children can also attend part-time until they reach compulsory school age.
Parents must discuss their child’s starting arrangements with the school once an offer has been secured.
Children with birthdays between:
- 1 September and 31 December 2019 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 December 2024 and must be in full-time education at the start of the spring term
- January and 31 March 2020 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 March 2025 and must be in full-time education at the start of the summer term 2025.
- 1 April and 31 August 2020 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 August 2025 and must be in full-time education at the start of the new school year in September
Parents of summer born children (those born between 1 April and 31 August) who are particularly concerned about their child’s readiness for school can request to delay their child’s entry to Year R for an entire school year until September 2025. This is called decelerated admission. In making such a request, parents would be expected to state clearly why they felt decelerated admission to Year R was in their child’s best interests. It is recommended that parents considering such a request contact the local authority in the autumn term 2023 to ensure that an informed decision is made. Guidance on decelerated admission for summer born children, including how to make a request, is available on the County website at www.hants.gov.uk/ad-summerborn.
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so, parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission outside the normal age group is being requested and which year group they wish their child to be admitted. Decisions will be made based on the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child.
School specific criteria
Governing bodies may apply to the Director of Children’s Services to include in their school policy a criterion which they regard as essential if children are to be treated fairly in relation to clearly defined local conditions. The application will cover both the substance of the criterion and its position in the order of priorities. In the event of such applications, the Director of Children’s Services will consult the Admission Forum and the criterion will then be determined by the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services. Any changes after such
determination will be authorised by the Director of Children’s Services in consultation with the Executive Lead Member. Any criterion agreed under this category must be published in the school prospectus with its position within the admission priorities clearly indicated. It must be made clear that the criterion is school-specific.
In the event of a school closure, pupils from the closing school may be given priority for any school nominated as the receiving school. Specific arrangements will be determined by the Local Authority in accordance with the School Admissions Code and will be published at the time for the specific schools affected.
This policy takes account of all Equalities legislation, together with all relevant regulations and the School Admissions Code (published by the DfE in 2021).
Admission Appeals Timetable for Year R 2023
(starting school in reception) in September 2023
|National notification date for on-time applicants
|Monday 17 April 2023
|Notification date for late applicants (whose applications received after 15 January and before 17 April 2023)
|Tuesday 25 April 2023
|Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (returning completed appeal papers to the County Council)
|Friday 19 May 2023
|Appeal hearings to be held
|From 05 June to 21 July, inclusive
|Decision letters to be sent
|Within five school days of hearing
- Appeals lodged after 19 May 2023 will be heard during the above dates if possible. Where it is not achievable to hold an appeal between the above dates, the hearing will be scheduled within 30 school days (excluding any school holidays) of the appeal being lodged. Appeals lodged on or after 12 June 2023 may not be heard until the autumn
- Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of the exact date and location of their appeal
- Following the lodging of an appeal, additional papers may be submitted to the Appeals Service until 10 school days before the hearing. Evidence submitted after this date will be considered by the panel but this may lead to an adjournment and significant delays.