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) for 2021/2022 will be 120 pupils in Year R (Reception), 150 pupils per year in 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.

Reception 2021


If you have a child born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017, they are due to start school in September 2021.
It is the responsibility of parents to apply for a school place at the correct times. You will not receive any letters from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to inform you that you must apply for your child’s school place.
Primary School Admissions to Reception and Year 3 at an Infant, Junior or Primary School are received and processed for all schools in the borough by the School Admissions Team, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for all residents in the borough.

Primary School Admissions 2021/22

Applications for a September 2021 start in Reception year or transfer to the junior school or move schools for Year 3 can be submitted between 14 September 2020 and 15 January 2021.

The online and paper form will only be available during this period. 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.

The Primary Admissions Booklet 2021/22 will be published in September 2020. It will be available on the council website shortly. 

In-year Admissions

Applications for a school place, for children aged between 5 - 16 during the school year are referred to as in-year admissions.
General Advice
To apply for a place in our school for Reception Year, Year 1 or Year 2
The Admissions Team can advise of the availability of places across the borough, you can email them at School Admissions.
Parents/carers can apply by completing an application form and emailing it to the Admissions team at School Admissions.



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. Appeals for Reception intake September 2020 are now closed.

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?
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 a specified period. 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 2021 (2021-2022 intake)

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