Transition from primary to secondary is an exciting time for many children who look forward to this change with enthusiasm. Before applying to Crestwood, we warmly invite you to our Open Evening and/or book a tour of the school during a normal working day. Our Open Evenings are held towards the end of September and we would welcome both you and your son/daughter to attend.

Click below to view our latest prospectus. If you would like a paper copy, please email the school office or telephone the school on 02380 641232. We do send a copy of our prospectus to all students that attend our feeder schools.


You can download a .pdf version of our Admissions Policy from the Policies page.

How to Apply

When your child is moving from primary to secondary school, you will be sent an application form (usually via your child’s primary school in the Autumn Term of Year 6) and applications are processed centrally by Hampshire Children’s Services.

If your child attends a private school, a school outside Hampshire, or you move into the area after the local authority’s closing date for admissions, you should apply directly to Hampshire Children’s Services for advice and an application form. If you wish to apply for a school place at any other time, please contact the school directly.

You can enter your postcode into the following website to check if you fall into the catchment area or not:

Campus Preference

On 1st March, the school receives their allocation list of students who have been offered a place at Crestwood for September of that year. Once this list is received, we will contact parents directly to seek information on their campus preference: Shakespeare or Cherbourg.  Students for whom no preference is made are assigned the campus closest to the home address given during the admissions application process.


Crestwood work very closely with our cluster schools to help support pupils and parents as early as possible. The school typically holds a coffee morning for Year 6 parents in mid-March on the Shakespeare Campus for parents who received confirmation of admission. Parents receive a transition booklet that outlines school policies on a range of topics. There is also an opportunity during that morning for parents to speak to either of the Campus SENCos. The Learning Support Team arrange enhanced transition activities to support those students with learning needs who would benefit from additional visits.

Screening Assessments

During the summer term, Crestwood staff make contact with feeder schools to gather information about the pupils and any specific needs. In addition, the school seeks support from feeder schools for students to undertake a day of screening assessments, including reading, spelling and a dyslexia screener. Screener Days are held at your child’s preferred campus to give them an additional day visiting the site.

Induction Day & Induction Evening

In late June or early July, an Induction Day is held where all year six students are encouraged to spend the day at the school – attending normal lessons and experiencing the routines of a typical school day. This is following by an Induction Evening where parents and students will meet their tutors.

Local Authority Transport

If you would like to apply for transport to school please complete the online form for new starters.