Hounsdown School

Hounsdown School

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The Governors of Hounsdown School are the admission authority for the school. They have chosen to adopt Hampshire County council's admission policy which was in place prior to the school gaining academy status on 01 August 2011. Hounsdown School works closely with the Local Authority to ensure that the school's admission arrangements are complied with.

The published admission number (PAN) for Hounsdown School for 2018-2019 is 243.

Admissions Policy for 2015/2016 PAN 243
Admissions Policy for 2016/2017

Admissions Policy for 2017/2018
Admissions Policy for 2018/2019 PAN 243

Admissions Policy for 2018/2019 PAN 261

Admissions Policy for 2019/2020

Admissions Policy 2020/2021

Admissions Policy 2021/2022

Admissions Policy 2022/2023

How To Apply

In Year Application Form

In Year Application Form PDF

Appeals Timetable 2021


Catchment Area

Hounsdown School is an over-subscribed highly successful school situated on the edge of the New Forest with a school community of around 1215 students. We are proud of our traditional values of hard work, honesty, responsibility and respect for others.

We recognise that choosing a school for your son or daughter is an important decision and hope that our website provides you with an informative synopsis of our school. Our prospectus and supplement are also available to download.


The majority of our students join us at the beginning of Year 7, aged 11, primarily from our three local linked primary schools, Foxhills, Abbotswood and Bartley. Transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for all, although we recognise that some may feel anxiety about the change.  We work closely with students and parents to ensure that everyone settles quickly into school life at Hounsdown.  Our school motto, ‘Be the Best that you can be’ is encouragement to both students and staff alike, to reach each individual’s full potential because we believe that getting better never stops.


Applications for admission in the main round at the start of Year 7 are conducted by the Local Authority during the first half of the autumn term when children are in Year 6. Parents of children in Year 6 will receive information about the application process from their child’s current primary school.  Year 6 children attending independent schools but living in Hampshire will need to contact the Hampshire Admissions Team on 0300-555-1377.  Year 6 children living outside Hampshire will need to contact their own Local Authority Admissions Team.  Parents and carers are informed of places allocated by the Local Authority shortly after their list is published.


Admissions to other year groups (‘In Year Admissions’) are managed by Hounsdown School Admissions Authority. To apply, please complete the Hounsdown School Application Form and read the accompanying guidance notes.  Our Admissions Policy provides further information.


Hampshire School Admissions

Please see the attached guidance from Hampshire Education Authority.