Year 6 Transition

Transition to Secondary school can be an exciting but nerve-wracking time for young people, not to mention their families!   We very much look forward to showing you our fantastic school to help you with this very important decision. 

September 2022 intake

Parents received notification of secondary place allocations from Hampshire County Council on 1st March 2022.  Fernhill has emailed and posted a letter to parents who are on our list click here to see a copy. Late applicants will not be processed by HCC until 9th March.    

Dates for your diary

  • Visit - Thursday 17th, Friday 18th March or Tuesday 5th April at 9.00 am - receive an information booklet and admission form
  • Induction Day for students - Thursday 7th July at 8.40 am
  • Induction Talk for parents - Thursday 7th July at 2.15 pm

Acceptance form to be completed by Friday 25th March

To confirm your acceptance of a place at Fernhill School, please complete this online Google Form.  We would be grateful for replies by Friday 25th March.  For those wishing to apply for Free School Meals, please apply online here where your entitlement can also be checked.

Application process

HCC open applications on 13th September and they close on 31st October 2021. The national notification date is 1st March 2022.  Please click the link below to access the HCC page.

Late applications

If you are a late applicant please see the HCC webpage below.  These applications are considered by HCC on 9th March 2022.

Prospectus – Please click here click here  to view our Prospectus. This will give you an overview of the school, including information which will be of use, regardless of your own child’s individual needs.

School tour with Mr Heard, Senior Assistant Headteacher – Many of you will be familiar with Mr Heard, a true legend of Fernhill. With almost 30 years of service to the school, no-one knows it better and Mr Heard’s tour covers every area of the school and adds great detail to what you have read in the prospectus.

Map of Fernhill

Click to view school layout

Once you have chosen Fernhill…

At Fernhill, we offer a programme of regular visits to our school, both for children in Year 6, after they choose their Secondary school, and for Year 5 students whose families are beginning to ponder this difficult decision. These take place in the Summer term of Years 5 and 6, provided of course that the situation has returned to normal, as we all hope it will!

These visits aim to expose children to areas of the curriculum in which we at Fernhill have a greater depth of facilities than perhaps the Primary or Junior school can offer. For example, visits from Years 5 and 6 students take place to participate in Ceramics and 3D Design, Cookery, Music and Drama, not to mention a wide array of sports activities. These visits allow children to get over the initial fear of stepping into 'big school' and allow them to experience what we have to offer as they make their choice of school. In addition, these are valuable opportunities for our excellent staff to get to know your child and for our own students to build their confidence and communication skills as they assist with these days.

I visit all of our feeder schools personally in the Summer term of Year 6 to meet the students themselves – all part of our very personalised and warm approach.

We hope very much that you make Fernhill your school of choice for next year and I look very much forward to meeting you.


Sarah Palmer