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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Starting junior or middle school

Apply for a junior or middle school place to start in September 2021

The closing date for applications is the 15 January 2021. If you apply after this date your application will be classed as late.

Before you apply:

  • if you live in Dorset (not Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole), and pay your Council Tax to Dorset Council, apply to us for a Dorset junior or middle school place. You can check your  local council area
  • if you live in Dorset and pay your Council Tax to Dorset Council and you want to apply for a school place in another local authority area, you still need to apply to us at Dorset Council
  • read our parents' guide for information about the different types of schools and how to apply
  • read the admissions policies for schools you're interested in; these can also be found on on a school's website
  • check Dorset's Local Offer for information on support for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Or view schools by catchment area.

You may have to complete an additional form if you want to apply to religious schools. This is an extra form which should be sent to the schools themselves, unless stated differently, and is not instead of an application form.

The closing date for junior and middle school applications is 15 January 2021. If you apply after this date your application will be classed as late. 

For other year groups you should make an in year application.

Apply for a school place

List up to 3 schools in order of preference. One of these schools should be your catchment school, if there is one.
You'll receive a confirmation email once you've submitted your application.

Make sure you've sent any required medical evidence to our schools admissions team. We can only consider your application based on the evidence you've submitted by the closing date.

Apply for a school place if your child has an educational, health and care (EHC) plan

You have to apply for a school place in a different way. Find out what to do if your child has an EHC plan.

If you can't apply online

If you can't apply online, fill in and return a paper application form, this should be posted by the closing date, make sure you include proof of posting:

Junior school

Middle school

Apply for a junior or middle school place in Christchurch

Go to the BCP Council webpage to apply for a place at a junior school in Christchurch if you're a BCP Council resident.

Making changes to your submitted application

If you want to make changes to your submitted application, you need to complete a change of preference form:

We process applications based on the information you give in your application. This means if you change your address after 15 January 2021, we'll process your application using the address you were living at on the closing date.

How we tell you about an offer of a school place

We send out offers for all on-time applications for children starting junior or middle school by email on 16 April.

Find details of how places have been allocated for the schools that are full on our school allocations page.

We will:

  • tell you about your transport entitlement by letter via email 
  • only discuss the information with the people listed on the application
  • let you know your outcome, unless your application is late 
  • send late application offers by email on 14 May 2021

We can't discuss available places at school as the number changes frequently.

Late applications

If you apply after 15 January 2021 we will class your application as late. This means we won't consider it until after the on time round. We will tell you about your offer of a school place from 14 May 2021.

If you apply after 15 April 2021 we cannot tell you about your offer of a school place June 2021.

What to do when you have a school place offer

We automatically assume acceptance. If you wish to decline a school place offered or wish for your child to go on a waiting list we do ask parents and carers to respond by the 30 April for on time applications and 28 May for late applications.

You must provide us with the reason as to why you are declining the school place. You can only request for your child to be added to a particular school's waiting list if you've already applied for this school and been refused a place at it.

Find out more about school waiting lists

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