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Guidance on how to apply for a school place and which application form to complete.

Which type of application?

Starting school

If your child will be moving up to junior, middle, secondary or upper school next September, or if your child was born between 01/09/10 and 31/08/11 and is due to start school for the first time next September.

Apply now

In year

If you would like to move to a Dorset school part way through the school year or in September but not in the starting year group for that school.

Apply now

Special Educational Needs

If your child has an individual Education, Health and Care Plan (formerly known as a Statement of Special Educational Needs (pdf, 18kb) (opens in a new window)), please do not complete any of the forms displayed on this page. Contact the Special Educational Needs Team, who will deal with your child's continued education and who can advise of the next steps.


Will I get my preferred school?

We aim to provide a school place at your highest preference wherever possible. However, there is no guarantee that you will get your preferred school. Even if you move into the catchment area the school may already be full. We advise all parents and guardians to consider naming more than one preference. Contact the school admissions team to discuss availability, check your catchment school or if you need additional information.

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