Admission policies for community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2025

Southampton City Council is consulting on the admission policies for community and voluntary controlled schools for admission in September 2025.

Copies of the proposed policies, as well as the proposed Supplementary Information Form (SIF) for those applying to voluntary controlled schools on denominational grounds, are below.

Southampton City Council are proposing the addition of an oversubscription criteria for 'children of parents employed at the school’' Under the parameters set out by the Admissions Code 2021, this will apply to parents who have been employed at the school for two or more years or have been hired to fill a vacant position for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage. Such ‘children of staff’ categories are in use at many other local schools and, while admission under this category is very rare, Southampton City Council seek to adopt this both for consistency between schools and in recognition of the recruitment and retention situation in education nationally.

Southampton City Council would also like to draw attention to the simultaneous consultations being held by schools in the Bridge Education Trust, the Aspire Community Trust, HISP Multi-Academy Trust, the REACH Cooperative Trust, Southampton Cooperative Learning Trust, Freemantle CE Academy, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and Saint George Catholic College. While not all schools listed are adopting the same policy, the proposed consultations will result in greater consistency among community, VC, VA, foundation trust and academy schools throughout the city to aid parental understanding of the admissions process.

The consultation will run until 26 January 2024.

The council welcomes views from any interested parties. Please send any comments to: school.admissions@southampton.gov.uk, stating whether you are a parent/carer of a student at a Southampton City school, a local resident, a member of school staff or any other interested party.