Starting secondary or upper school
Apply for a place at a secondary or upper school in Christchurch
You can still apply for a secondary or upper school place at a school in Christchurch through us at Dorset Council until the end of July 2019.
Apply for a place at a secondary or upper school place at a Dorset school
Applications for a place to start in September 2019
The closing date for on-time applications for children starting secondary or upper school in September 2019 was 31 October 2018. You should have had your outcome for any application submitted by this date from 1 March.
Any application made after the 31 October 2018 but before the 28 February 2019 was classed as late. Outcomes for late applications were made available from 29 March.
Applications sent during July or August
You may not get an outcome until after the summer holidays if you sent your school place application in July or August.
Apply for a secondary or upper school place to start in September 2020
You can apply from 1 September 2019. The closing date is 31 October 2019.
Before you apply:
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.
For other year groups you should make an in year application.
Apply for a secondary or upper school place
List up to 3 schools in order of preference. One of these schools should be your catchment school. You'll receive a confirmation email once you've submitted your application.
Make sure you've sent any required medical evidence to our school’s admissions team. We can only consider your application based on the evidence you've submitted by the relevant closing date.
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:
Apply for a place at upper school
Apply for a place at secondary school
How we tell you about an offer of a school place
We send out offers for all applications made for children starting secondary or upper school by first class post, if you have applied online, we'll also send you an email, on the relevant offer days:
- applications received by 31 October, outcomes will be made available on 1 March
- applications received after 31 October but before 28 February, outcomes will be made available on 29 March
- tell you about your transport entitlement by letter only, not over the phone
- get the information to you by email if you applied online
- only discuss the information with the people listed on the application
- let you know your outcome, unless your application is late
We can't discuss available places at school as the number changes frequently.
What to do when you have a school place offer
We automatically assume acceptance, but we do ask parents and carers to respond to the school place offer by the 30 April for on-time applications, and 12 April for late applications. We only ask you to respond if you wish to either:
- decline the place offered, you must give us the reason why
- ask for your child to go on a waiting list
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.
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 31 October, we'll process your application using the address you were living at on the closing date. Your change of address will be considered in our late round.