Before you apply
Find schools in your catchment area
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You can also Enter your postcode and find schools in your area under 'education'
Read our parents guide
Read our parents' guide for information about the different types of schools, the evidence we require and information you need to know before applying.
Check if you can apply directly to the school
Check which schools process their own in year applications
Read the admissions policies
Read the admission policies for the school you're interested in
For children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
You have to apply for a school place in a different way. Find out what to do if your child has an educational, health and care (EHC) plan.
Moving into or within Dorset
Make it clear on your application if you're applying from your current or your new address.
You do not need to be living within Dorset to complete an in year application and if you are moving out of Dorset, you can apply to your new home authority.
Proof of address
If you're moving into or within Dorset and you want your application to be based on your new address you must give us proof of this address.
Proof of address can be any of these:
|Type of house move
||Solicitor's letter confirming exchange of contracts on your property sale and purchase.
||Copy of your new tenancy agreement giving property address and date of duration of tenancy and notice to quit your current property. The new tenancy agreement must be signed and dated by yourself and your new landlord
|Moving to live with a friend or relative
||Letter from your friend or relative confirming the arrangements and the date that you'll be moving to live with them. Proof of their address, such as a recent Council Tax or utility bill. You can only base your application on this address once you're actually living there.
|Child moving from one parent or carer to live with another on a long-term basis
||Written confirmation from both parents (or from parent or previous carer and new carer) explaining the new arrangements. Proof of the new address, such as a copy of a recent Council Tax or utility bill.
|Armed services or crown servants
||Posting order or official letter stating the date you're due to move and the unit postal address or quartering area.
|Domestic violence refuge
||Written confirmation from refuge staff that you're living in the refuge due to domestic violence.
Moving into Dorset from outside the UK
If you're a British citizen living abroad, or a citizen of the European Economic Area you need to send us:
- copies of passports or citizen cards
- proof of a UK address where you will be resident
- a date of arrival in the UK for you and your child
We can process your application as soon as we've received these documents providing you want the school place within 6 weeks.
If you're a citizen from a country outside the European Economic Area you need to send us:
- copies of passports
- endorsed visa
- proof of a UK address where you'll be resident
- date of arrival in the UK for you and your child
We can only process your application once your child is living in the UK.