The following is a summary for guidance only. Full details of the oversubscription criteria can be found in the school admissions policies.

Applications submitted by the due date will be dealt with first. Sometimes, the number of on-time applications for a school is higher than the published admission number. When this happens, admissions to the school will be decided according to the following priorities:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) and previously looked after children
  2. Children subject to a child protection plan or deemed to be vulnerable by the Senior Officer with responsibility for safeguarding in Southampton City Council
  3. Children attending the linked infant school at the time of application. The criterion applies only at the time of transfer from year 2 to year 3, and until the end of the first term of junior school. After that time, previous attendance at the linked school gives no priority to an application for a place at the linked junior school
  4. Children who have a brother or sister already on the roll of the school who will continue to attend that school for the following year. (This includes children living as siblings in the same family unit). In the case of applications for places at junior schools, a sibling at the linked infant school will count as a sibling at the junior school. In the case of applications for places at infant schools, a sibling at the linked junior school will count as a sibling at the infant school.
  5. Children who live within the school's designated catchment area and whose parents have satisfied the Local Authority that their child has a significant medical or psychological condition, which means they must attend the preferred school rather than any other. Applications must be supported by appropriate written evidence fro ma doctor or psychologist
  6. Children who live within the school's designated catchment area
  7. Children who live outside the school's designated catchment area, in the following order:
    (i) Children whose parents have satisfied the Local Authority that their child has a significant medical or psychological condition which means they must attend the preferred school rather than any other
    (ii) Children whose parents are applying for their child to attend a Church of England voluntary controlled school on religious grounds
    (iii) Children who live closest to the school based on the shortest practicable walking distance

Should a school be oversubscribed from within any of the criteria 7(i) to 7(ii) above, then distance as defined in 7(iii) will be used to prioritise applications within these categories. If there are two or more pupils who live identical distances from the school, the decision will be made by casting lots drawn by the Service Manager for Education and Early Years, Children and Families Services, Southampton City Council.