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Prospectus & Admissions


Our Prospectus

How to apply

Admission forms for all Portsmouth Schools are issued by the Local Authority. These should be completed and returned to the Portsmouth Admissions Team at the Civic Offices or handed in to the Reception at Penhale Infant School. You can visit the Local Authority website to find out more about applying for a place at our school

Parents considering applying for a place at Penhale Infant School are invited to contact the school at any time to make an appointment to meet the Headteacher and school staff and to walk around the school.

Information and application forms for transfer to Junior School are distributed to all Year 2 families by the Local Authority in the Autumn term. Children can be accepted during the school year if there is a place available.

The Infant School Admission Policy can be found online at or you can request a copy from the Admissions Team on 023 9268 8008.


Class Sizes

The Governors are committed to a staff pupil ratio, which offers children the maximum benefits from their learning experiences and in line with DfES requirements no classes have more than 30 children.


Admissions Policy


Starting in Reception

Parents do not have to send their child to school until the term following their child’s 5th birthday. However, most Portsmouth community and controlled infant and primary schools admit Year R pupils before the end of September, in the year in which the child has his/her 5th birthday. At Penhale, we believe that a September start for all children enables strong relationships and supports us as practitioners, to meet the needs of every child. The school year starts on 1st September and ends 31st August.

At Penhale Infant School our policy is to offer children whole day sessions from the September they join, although there is a slightly staggered entry in the first week to allow them to experience lunch times and new experiences.