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Information for forces families

Hillingdon is committed to the Armed Forces Community Covenant principle that no-one should experience any disadvantage in accessing council services as a result of their serving in the armed forces.

The national 2012 Schools Admissions Code introduced provisions intended to ensure that children of UK service personnel are not disadvantaged when applying for schools as a result of their mobility. These were introduced as part of the Government's Military Covenant. It is important to note that the provisions do not give automatic priority to service children over other children or guarantee that service children will get a place at a particular school.

If you are employed as UK Service Personnel (UK Armed Forces) or a Crown Servant returning from overseas and are applying for a school place as a result of a posting, the local authority will consider your posting address, or unit postal address, when calculating distance measurements if you provide proof of posting (for example, a copy of the posting address assignment letter) with your application. Further to this, an admission authority will hold a school offer open until you move to the area.

It is recommended that service families make an application as soon as it is known that they will be moving to minimise disruption for the child.

For infant schools, the School Admissions Code also allows service children to be considered as an exemption to the Infant Class Size Limit. However, admission can only be granted under this provision where the service child is first on the waiting list for a school place and the admission authority does not consider that an extra pupil would have a detrimental impact on the efficient use of resources or the provision of education. Decisions to allow excepted pupil status will be made on a case by case basis.

Where a school is oversubscribed, any offers must be made according to the oversubscription criteria of the individual school. Currently there are no schools in Hillingdon which give priority to children of service families. Read each school's criteria »

The School Placement and Admissions Team are happy to assist with any questions you may have in regards to the application process.  You can contact the team on 01895 556644 or alternatively you can e-mail the team at admissions@hillingdon.gov.uk.


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