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Applying for a Secondary School

How to apply

Applications for Hampshire residents will open each September. You can apply online at You must apply to Hampshire County Council even if you wish to apply for schools in another local authority.

If you do not live in Hampshire (including Portsmouth and Southampton) you must apply through your home local authority.


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.


The deadline for applications

 The deadline for applications is midnight on 31st October.

 It is very important that you submit your application by this date. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered until after all on-time applications have been processed, which means late applicants are less likely to be offered a place at one of their preferred schools.


Before completing your application

 Before completing your application, please read the online guidance about applying for a school place at The website also contains an

A – Z of all Hampshire maintained schools, including details of each school’s admission arrangements, contact details, Ofsted reports etc.

Secondary schools will hold open days/evenings. It is recommended that you visit the schools you are interested in, including your catchment school. Schools also publish information on their website and in their prospectus, available from the schools on request.


Some schools (foundation, voluntary aided and academies) may require you to complete a supplementary information form (SIF) in addition to the Hampshire application form. Please check with individual schools to see if a supplementary information form is required.


If you are unable to apply online, you can request a paper form and a copy of Hampshire’s brochure for parents “A parent’s guide to applying for a school place in the main admission round" by calling the Admissions Team.


Admissions Team


Hampshire County Council
Children’s Services Department
Elizabeth II Court North
Winchester SO23 8UG

Phone 0300 555 1377