Apply for a school place
Guidance on how to apply for a school place and which application form to complete.
- Before submitting a form, please read the Parents' Guide and the Admissions Policy. This will tell you what information you will need to provide and whether the school you are applying for has an additional form to complete
- If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (pdf, 18kb) (opens in a new window) , please do not complete either of the forms below. Please contact the Special Educational Needs Team who will deal with your child's continued education who can advise of the next steps
Non EU Resident
If your child is a non EU resident then we can only consider the application once you are a resident in Dorset. Please be aware that we require copies of the parent and child's passports and visas before we can offer a school place.
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. You can contact the school admissions team to discuss availability, check your catchment school or if you need additional information.
What type of application do I need to make?
Transfer Application (September 2014 Entry)- For children starting school for the first time or moving up to the next school in September 2014.
In Year Application- For children moving to a Dorset school part way through the school year, or in September but not in the normal year of entry for that school. You do not have to be a Dorset resident to complete this form.
Change of Preference Form (word, 112kb) (opens in a new window) - If you have already submitted an application and wish to change your preference/s please complete this form. Please note that any change of preference is dealt with in the next available admissions round according to the date the form is received.
Waiting List Form (word, 103kb) (opens in a new window) -If you wish to place your child's name on the waiting list for your preferred school please complete this form. Please note you do not need to do this if you have already selected this option on your online account.