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Main School Admissions 

“Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the high quality of education and, particularly, the exceptional level of pastoral care that pupils receive at this school.” Ofsted 2019


We are very proud that each year many parents from outside of our official school catchment, choose to send their children to our school. With a comprehensive school bus network serving a wide local area, The Burgate is accessible

to many students wishing to study with us.

If you have any questions about joining The Burgate then please call or email:


T: 01425 652039 or E:

Please see the link below for our school catchment area. We are also very proud that each year many parents from outside of our school catchment choose to send their children to our school. With a comprehensive school bus network serving a wide local area, The Burgate is accessible to many students wishing to study with us.


Please click on the following links to view a map of the main school catchment area and bus information

Burgate School Welcome Video: 

The welcome video introduces parents and students to our school but if you would like to arrange a visit then please call or email and we will be very happy to offer a tour: view here.

School Prospectus: Get a glimpse of the things we offer our students and how we support their journey either digitally here or please request a copy of our new school prospectus.


Admissions Questions: Should you have any questions that we have not answered in our video or in the prospectus, please email 

Sixth Form applicants should complete our online application form on our Sixth Form Information web page. Offers for the Sixth Form places are made at the end of January.  

For more information about sixth form please view our Sixth Form Prospectus

Visiting the school:

Each year we offer Year 5 Taster Days in the summer term - online registration for this event opens each year via our website after Easter. We offer a block of Year 6 tours in September, again with online booking opening from August. This block of tours allows plenty of time to view the school before making applications for Year 7 in the autumn. More details about these events can be found below. 


If you are looking for an in-year school move or unable to visit the school during the open events above then please contact the admissions team and where possible we will be happy to organise a tour at another time. 

Year 5 Taster Day 2024 - Booking for 2024 has now closed.

Please read information below about dates before booking


Mon 17 or Tues 18 June 2024 - All schools Year 5 Taster Days - Note: These two dates are open to pupils from all schools except those from our cluster school group. Booking for 2024 has now closed. 

Tues 25 June - Cluster Schools Year 5 Taster Day - Note: Pupils from our clusters schools only should register to come on this date. Our cluster school are as follows: Breamore, Fordingbridge Junior, Hale, Hyde and Western Downland. Parents can also book a tour of the school. Booking for 2024 has now closed. 

Applications for Year 7 (main round) places:


Applications must be submitted through the local education authority within which you live by the end of October. If you live in a different county to our school, you can still place The Burgate as your first choice. At the beginning of March places are allocated by the local education authority in line with our school admissions policy and parents are informed of the outcome of their application. From there those successful at securing a place  at The Burgate will receive a Welcome Pack and will begin a comprehensive induction process to ensure a successful transition for each child. 

The Burgate School has over 25 feeder schools ranging across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. At times a student can be the only one transitioning to The Burgate from their Junior School  which may make them apprehensive about starting school. Our comprehensive pastoral system aims to support all students particularly those who are uncertain or anxious about September.


We have a Headstart programme designed to support students identified as needing any additional support with the transition to secondary school which in the Summer Term of Year 6 alleviates fears and anxieties through a series of visits where fun group activities, tours of the school and opportunities to meet other new students and key staff can all help with the transition. The students involved say that it has a hugely positive effect and that they feel much more confident about starting with us as a result.

Main round applications for a Year 7 places in 2024 must be made via the County Council you reside within by 31 October 2023.


Appeals against main round Year 7 (main round) Admissions decision 2024:


If you wish to make an appeal against an admissions decision please see the timetable below for key 2024 dates and follow the link below to the Hampshire County Council Website where you can follow the steps to lodge your appeal.

  • Notification Date for on-time applicants from Local Education Authority - 1 March 2024

  • Notification date for late applicants (for applications received after 31 October 2023 and before 1 March 2024)  - 14 March 2024

  • Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (returning completed appeal papers to the County Council) - 28 March 2024

  • Year 7 appeal hearings to be held - 29 April to May 2024 (excluding Half-Term)*

  • Appeals Decision letters will normally be sent within 5 school days of hearing


* Where an appplicant has submitted an appeal they will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing date. 

Please click on the following link for more information about submitting an appeal:  How to make an appeal

Applying for an in-year school move:

If you are considering a school move after the start of Year 7 then please contact our Admissions Officer, Miss Connolly, directly and indicate your reasons for wanting a possible in-year transfer:

You can apply for an in-year place up to four weeks before the place is needed. For a place in the following academic year, parents should apply four working weeks before the end of our summer term each year. 

We will aim to respond to your application in writing within 10 school days and no later than 15 school days.

Please note that schools we are unlikely to be able to respond to applications during school holidays. If you are waiting for an outcome, you may need to wait until the school returns.

If a school place is offered we will discuss induction and a start day. If you are not offered a place you have the right to appeal the decision. Please read The Hampshire Admissions Appeal Information for more details. 


Hampshire Schools Fair Access Protocol.

In Year Applications Form:  click here

Should you require an alternative version of our application form please contact the main school office. 

Note: In addition to making your application, you must provide the school with evidence of your child’s address, by providing any two of the following:

  • driving licence

  • council tax bill showing both your name and the home address

  • utility bill (gas, electricity, water) showing both your name and home address

  • bank statement showing both your name and the home address.

Or, if you are applying for a school place because of a house move or military posting:

Please follow this link to read other address evidence which may be submitted.


Our annual intake of 190 students in each of the main school year groups is determined by our Admissions Policy. 

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