Starting School

Whether you are looking for a place for your child to start with us in Year R or are moving your child in year from another school, hopefully you can find all of the information you need on this page.

  • When can I apply for my pre-school child to start school?

    If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, they will be eligible to start school in the school year beginning September 2021. From 1st November 2020 you can apply online at For those without internet connection you can collect an application form from our school. The Closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021

  • Do you have any open days for prospective Year R parents?

    Please could you bear with us whilst we work through COVID-19 guidance and establish how we are going to safely offer an opportunity for parents to visit our school.

    Rest assured we will come up with a solution and will publish this by the beginning of October at the latest.

  • Do you operate waiting lists?

    The school operates a waiting list which strictly adheres to the Hampshire County Council admissions policy criteria. Please note that this is a dynamic list which can change as people move into and out of the area.

  • I would like to move my child to your school, how do I go about this and can I arrange a visit?

    In the first instance you must fill out an in year application form on the Hampshire County Council admissions website. We welcome telephone calls to establish whether we currently have places and if a waiting list is in operation for that particular year group. If we are in a position to offer you a place we will arrange a visit for you and your child to come and meet us. Unfortunately, due to the size of our school and length of our waiting lists, we do not routinely offer tours of the school unless we are in a position to offer you a place.

  • If I am on a waiting list, how long would I usually wait?

    Unfortunately we are unable to answer this as it is dependent on whether a family leaves our school or not and also the dynamic nature of the waiting list. Once you are on our waiting list, you will remain on it until the 31st August of the academic year you apply. After this, if you have not been offered a place and wish to remain on our list, you will need to re-apply.

  • How do I find out if I live in your catchment area?

    You can kind find a list of the roads in our catchment area on the link below or clicking on the following link to HCC.  

  • Welcome Letter View
  • getting to know me updated View
  • starting school updated View
  • School Readiness Leaflet View
  • Berrywood Primary School Admission Policy 2021-2022 View
  • Catchment Areas View
  • Hand Book 2020 View