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Hankham Primary School

Admissions Policy

Transfers from Nursery to EYFS and Junior to Secondary school are handled by the County Council Admission Authority.

The following are the admission arrangements agreed by the governing body of Hankham Primary School.

The admission arrangements are therefore as follows:

1. Admission Number

There is no proposed change to the admission number. The Governors intend to admit a maximum of 20 pupils to the Reception Year.

Application process

Applications must be made using the County Council's application procedure. Parents can apply online, or a paper form is available from the school or the Admissions and Transport Team at the address below. Completed paper applications should be returned to:

The Admissions and Transport Team

PO Box 4

County Hall

St Anne's Crescent


East Sussex                                                                                                                


2. Oversubscription Criteria

Hankham Primary School has adopted the local authority admissions criteria in regard to allocating available spaces.

If there are more applications than places available at the school, the criteria below will be used to determine which children are offered the available spaces, and will be applied in the following order of priority:

1) Looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following being looked after.

2) Children with an exceptional medical or social need for whom attendance at any other school would be inappropriate.

Parents must submit supporting evidence, such as a letter from a doctor or social worker, which clearly demonstrates that the needs of the child can only be met by attending a particular school.

The Governors of the school will decide whether or not the evidence provided is sufficient to allocate a place under this admission priority. This may include seeking our own professional advice. The evidence must conclusively show that no other school than the preferred school can meet the child's needs.

3) Children who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.

Children are 'siblings' if they are full, half, adoptive or foster brother or sister living in the same household.

4) Children living within a pre-defined community area.

Each home address in the county falls within a community area although living in a community area does not guarantee a place can be allocated

5) Children living outside the pre-defined area.

This relates to children to do not meet criteria 1 to 4 above.


If there are more children who qualify under an oversubscription criterion than places available, place allocation will be determined by prioritising applications within that criterion, on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes.

Twins and children from multiple births

Where the admission of both twins or all siblings from a multiple birth would cause the school to rise above its Planned Admission Number, both twins or all of the siblings will be admitted. Where the admission of the additional child or children from multiple births to an infant class would result in the PAN rising above 20, the additional child/children would be exceptions to the Infant Class Size legislation throughout the infant phase or until the number in the year group reduced to the PAN.

3. Defined Community Area.

The current community area for the school remains unchanged and will be used to prioritise children who do not qualify under criteria 1-3 shown above.

4. Waiting lists

Details of any unsuccessful applicants will be held on a waiting list which will be kept in the order of the oversubscription criteria above. This will be held until the end of the Autumn Term when the list will be cleared.

5. Late applications

Applications for the Reception Year that are received after the published closing date and are deemed to be late will be dealt with in accordance with the County Council's co-ordinated scheme.

6. In Year Admissions

As from September 2014 Hankham School will administer their own in-year admissions in line with this policy.​