Applying for a Year 7 space for September 2024

If your child is currently in Year 6 of a primary or junior school, you will need to apply for a Year 7 place in a secondary school for September 2024.  You can name up to three schools on your application.

Applications open on 12th September 2023 and the deadline for applications will be 31st October 2023.

To submit your application please visit:

Your child's address

The address provided on your application must be your child’s permanent address on the application deadline (even if you are planning to move after this date).

The permanent address is the child's normal place of residence. A business address, workplace address, relative’s address or childminder's address will be not be accepted.

Where parents are separated and the child lives at more than one address, only one address can be used. This must be the address of the parent with whom the child spends 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 applies, taking into account the address registered with the child’s current school, nursery, pre-school or child-minder, the address registered for child benefit and the address registered with the child’s GP.

Moving house

If you move house before the application deadline you must amend your online application or submit a new paper application form and send evidence of your new address to the Admissions Team

If you move house after the application deadline you must send evidence of your new address to the County Admissions Team by:

- 5 January 2024 (for Year 7 applicants) 

If the evidence is sufficient, your new address will be considered for your application. You can also change the schools named on your application if they are no longer appropriate. If you would prefer us to use the address previously provided, please let the admissions team know.

Address evidence received after 5 January 2024 (Year 7) or 9 February 2024 (Year R and Year 3) cannot be considered for the application. It will be used to communicate the outcome of the application only.

You cannot change your application after the deadline unless there has been a significant and material change in your circumstances. For example:

  • a change of address
  • a sibling has started, or has an accepted offer of a place, at your preferred school (or its linked infant or junior school, for primary phase applications)

Such changes must be notified in writing to the Admissions Team by:

  • 6 January 2023 (for Year 7 applicants), 
  • No changes can be made after these dates.

If you wish to change your application for any other reasons, you will have to make a late application.

Address evidence

If you are moving to or within Hampshire, you will need to provide evidence of your new address.  Please refer to the list below for the evidence required depending on your type of move.

- Buying a new home

A solicitors letter confirming exchange of contracts.

If you are purchasing a new build, in addition to the above, you must provide evidence that you will be living there before your child’s expected start date, for example, a letter from the developer confirming a build completion date. Documents evidencing the ownership or purchase of a plot of land will not be accepted.

- Renting a property

Signed tenancy agreement

- Returning to owned property

Evidence of ownership of the property, i.e. the current financial year's council tax letter if you are the council tax payer or recent utility bills (gas, water, electric)

Date of your intended move and evidence that the property is available to move into, for example, a signed tenancy agreement showing the end date of the tenancy.

- Moving to live with a partner/friend/relative

An address change due to moving to live with a partner/friend or relative cannot be considered until the move has taken place and the following has been provided: 

-A letter from the partner/friend/relative confirming the arrangements
-Two pieces of evidence to demonstrate that you are resident at the new address. This could include: 

- Recent utility bill (gas, water, electric)
- Drivers licence
- Bank statement
- A copy of your Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit award letter (if you receive either of these benefits)

- UK service personnel and crown servants

An official letter declaring a relocation date and evidence of a future home address, unit address or quartering area address

In the absence of a residential address, the unit postal address will be used.


Places are withdrawn every year because parents give a false address on their application. This includes cases where parents buy or rent a property solely to use the address in the application without any intention of taking up permanent residence there.

The County Council will investigate all allegations of false addresses and may monitor residency details if use of an address causes concern. The County Council reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence to support any claim of residence.  We may also check records held within the Council as well as other external agencies when confirming a child's permanent address.

Making a late application

Applications received after the closing date (see key dates below) will not be processed until after all on-time applications have been considered.

Please note that if the Admissions Team can offer your child a place at a school named on your late application, any previous offer will automatically be withdrawn. If you are happy therefore with your current offer and wish to be removed from other school waiting lists, you must contact the Admissions Team.  

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Using the online system (Education Online Portal)

If you have used the Education Online Portal before, you will be able to log in using the same e-mail address and password. Please check your details are up-to-date in the ‘My Account’ section of the portal before starting your school application.

If you have not used the online portal before, you will need to register by clicking on the ‘Register’ button and following the onscreen instructions. You will be sent an e-mail from the system containing a link to the log in screen. You will then be able to log in using your e-mail address and password.

National notification date for on-time applicants: 1 March 2024

Online applicants Parents who applied online will be sent an email confirming the outcome of their application. They will also be able to log into the online system to view the outcome. 

Paper applicants Notification letters will be sent by the Admissions Team on 1 March 2024.  Please allow 2 to 3 working days for your letter to arrive.