School Admissions

Admissions to Hamstel Infant School are handled by the Southend-on-Sea Local Education Authority. Admission to Hamstel Nursery are handled directly by the school.
The Planned Admission Number (PAN) is 150 pupils per year in Year R (Reception), Year 1 and Year 2. The Nursery has 48 (full time equivalent) places available. Details of our selection criteria, over-subscription criteria and details of priority applications can be found in the Admissions Policy document below.

Admission Arrangements 2021/2022
Parents and carers are advised that a number of schools/trusts in the area are consulting on their admission arrangements for 2021/22 as required by law, which may reduce the future numbers admitted to our school.  Information is available on respective school webpages and also on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council website:

Reception 2020


If you have a child born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, they are due to start school in September 2020.

Applications for a September 2020 start in Reception year or transfer to the junior school or move schools for Year 3 can be submitted between 14 September 2019 and 15 January 2020. Parents living in the borough of Southend-on-Sea can find the online application by visiting Parents living in another borough/council will need to apply via their home borough/council. Please ensure that you when putting your preferred schools down, you do so in order of preference.


Next Steps:  Primary National Offer Day – 16 April 2020

If you applied via the Council’s online service you can check your offer. You will also receive an email with the official outcome between 6-8am 16 April 2020.

You will need your username and password to access your account. We recommend you view on a laptop/computer/iPad as information is not shown in full on phones.

Where no email address was provided on the application, letters have been sent in the post.

All admission related queries such as waiting list positions can be made via email to

Regretfully, telephone queries are not possible at this time.


Click to view our school booklet here

In-year Admissions

Applications for a school place during the school year are referred to as in-year admissions.


General Advice


Due to the current unprecedented public health situation, and the indefinite current school closures, in-year applications from 23 March 2020, are not being processed.


Parents/Careers are welcome to apply once schools reopen.

Application forms, therefore are not currently available.


We will continue to respond to advice from the Department for Education so it is important that you check this webpage on a regular basis for any changes to the current arrangements

If you are a key worker and require a school please follow the DfE guidance on

Parents/carers requiring to contact the school admissions team can email us




If your child’s school admission application was unsuccessful you may wish to appeal against this decision.

All appeals are heard by an Independent Appeal Panel. If successful following an appeal, a place for your child at the school must be provided. Find out more by clicking this link Admission Appeals

How to Appeal

In order to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at Hamstel Infant School, you would need to complete the Admissions Appeals Form available from the link above and submit it directly to the Schools Admission Team by Thursday 14th May 2020. Full details are available on their website on the link above.

For all applications made in the main round of applications (i.e. by 15th January), appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

Appeals received after the deadline date should be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals where possible or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. Appeals are not heard within the school holidays.

What happens once I have submitted my appeal form?

What happens once I have submitted my appeal form?

The admission authority will refer your appeal to the independent appeals clerk. You will receive a written notation of the date which the appeal for your child will be heard at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.

This does not apply if you indicated on the appeal form that shorter notice is acceptable.

All appeals will be heard within the period 25 June - 15 July 2020. Dates will be confirmed directly with parents.


When will I be informed of the decision?

If we have a number of appeals the panel will not make decisions until all of the appeals have been heard. In these circumstances, it may not be possible to advise you of the outcome of your appeal for some time. If your appeal is the only one heard, the clerk will write to you within 5 school days.


If my appeal is turned down when can I appeal again?

If you have already appealed you cannot appeal again within in the same academic year. However, in rare circumstances, you may be able to appeal again if there has been a significant and material change in either your circumstances or the circumstances of the school.

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Admission documents

Primary School Admission 2020 (2020-2021 intake)

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