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Admission to Hamstel Infant School is coordinated by the Southend-on-Sea Local Education Authority. Admission to Hamstel Nursery is coordinated directly by the school.

The Planned Admission Number (PAN) for 2022/2023 will be 120 pupils in Year R (Reception), 120 pupils in Year 1 and 150 pupils in 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 2022


If you have a child born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018, they are due to start school in September 2022.
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 2022/23

The main round of applications for a September 2022 start in Reception year or transfer to the junior school or move schools for Year 3 has now closed. To make a late application please contact the School Admissions Team at Southend Borough Council.

The Primary Admissions Booklet for 2022/2023 is published by Southend Borough Council and is available on their website.

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 please contact the School Admissions Team at Southend Borough Council.
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.

Schools admissions: applications for overseas children 


In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England.

It is the responsibility of parents to check that their children have a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school.  To help parents we recommend that those wishing to apply for a state funded school place at Hamstel Infant School & Nursery check that they have a right of abode or the conditions of their visas otherwise permit access to a state-funded school. 

Foreign nationals cannot use the 6 month visitor visa or a 6 month short-term study visa to enter the UK to enrol as a pupil at a school. Find out what these visas can be used for on the UK Government website visitor visa and short term study visa pages.

More information can be found by following the link to the Department for Education.



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

All appeals for admission to Reception September 2021 have now been heard.

Details of the appeals process for Reception September 2022 are as follows and can be found on the council website.

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. All appeals must be submitted by 18th May 2022.​

What happens once I have submitted my appeal form?
The admission authority will refer your appeal to the independent appeals clerk. You will receive notation of the date on which the appeal for your child will be heard. For all appeals submitted by the deadline the panel aim to hear them by 21st July 2022.

Late appeals are heard end of September or early October 2022.

Appeals for community schools and schools the local authority presents will be heard on 5 July 2022, 7 July 2022, 11 July 2022, 13 July 2022, 15 July 2022, 18 July 2022. Appellants are notified of their appeal date and time once appeals have been submitted.


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.