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If you have made an application on line and have received an email telling you that you have been unsuccessful in gaining a place at one of your preferred schools please read the information in this document carefully.

When you have read this information please log into your online form to respond to your offer.

If you accept the place at your allocated school you can still opt to remain on the waiting list and appeal for your preferred school(s). You should NOT wait for the outcome of any appeal submitted before accepting the place offered at your allocated school.

This application process adheres to the requirements of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, sections 1-4, and the School Admissions (Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations 2012 which state that no infant class may contain more than 30 pupils with a single teacher.

However, this does not apply to preferences for St George’s Beneficial CofE VC Primary which operates smaller classes due to accommodation and other reasons. An appeal for one of these schools will be on prejudice grounds.

Please refer to the table below for details of the criteria of the last place allocated in schools which are full.

Information on waiting list and appeals in relation to any application(s) which have been unsuccessful for a Portsmouth school.

  1. . You must respond to your offer by Monday 26th April. If you wish your child to remain on any waiting lists after this date you must indicate this in your response otherwise your child’s name will be removed.If you indicate you wish to remain on the waiting list your child’s name will be held on the waiting list until August 2022.If you have any change of circumstance, such as a change of address, or a change of school through the in-year application process for your child or a sibling, please contact the Admissions Team immediately as this could impact on the position your child holds on a school’s waiting list.
  2. In addition, you now have the right to make an appeal to an independent panel against the decision not to allocate a place to your child at your preferred school(s).

Appeals

If you wish to appeal, please contact the Admissions Team on receipt of this letter to request an appeal form. Please note you will need to return your appeal form by Monday 17th May 2021 to be included in appeals being held during the summer term. Please refer to pages 19-20, and 78 of the Information for Parents 2021-2022′ booklet. You can also access further information and download an appeal form from the council website at school admissions

Appeals timetable

The Local Authority normally expect appeals for Portsmouth Schools to take place in June and July. Your appeal will be acknowledged and in due course you will be advised of the arrangements for your appeal.

Unsuccessful for a school outside of Portsmouth

We do not operate waiting lists for schools in Hampshire or other schools outside of Portsmouth, please contact the relevant Local Authority direct for details on waiting lists and how to appeal.

If you require further information or guidance for this process, please contact the Admissions Team at the email address shown below.

Email: admissions@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Tel: 023 9268 8008 Address:
Education – Admissions Team
Core 5, Floor 2
Civic Offices
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
Hants
PO1 2EA

STARTING SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2021

HOW SCHOOLS FILLED – ON-TIME APPLICATIONS

INFANT/PRIMARY SCHOOLCRITERIA OF LAST PLACE ALLOCATED
Cumberland Infant SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is distance. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.3 miles away from the school
Gatcombe Park Primary SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is catchment. As the number of applicants under this criterion exceeded the number of places available, distance from home to school was used to prioritise applications. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.523 miles away from the school.
Highbury Primary SchoolAll on-time applicants were successful
Mayfield SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is catchment. As the number of applicants under this criterion exceeded the number of places available, distance from home to school was used to prioritise applications. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.412 miles away from the school
Medina Primary SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is distance. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.59 miles away from the school
Meon Infant SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is distance. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.459 miles away from the school
St John's Cathedral Catholic Primary SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is Other Christian. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.968 miles away from the school.
St Jude’s CE Primary SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is distance. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.297 miles away from the school
St Swithun’s Catholic Primary SchoolThe final criterion under which places have been offered is distance. The last applicant to be successful under this criterion lived 0.336 miles away from the school
Hampshire and other non-Portsmouth Authority SchoolsPlease contact Hampshire County Council (Tel: 0300 555 1377) or the relevant Local Authority direct for details of how the last school place was offered.

Starting School Transfer September 2021 - Travel Assistance

To apply for travelling assistance forms can be downloaded from the school transport page

Please note we will be unable to advise you over the telephone whether you are eligible for travel assistance.  You will need to complete the application form and return it to the Civic Offices.