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Apply for a reception place

Applying for a place in September 2020

Important dates
  Process Opens Closing Date

Start School

(Year R) 

1 September 2019   15 January 2020

Move from Infant to Junior School

(Year 2 to Year 3) 

1 September 2019  15 January 2020 

Move from First to Middle School

(Year 4 to Year 5)

1 September 2019 15 January 2020

Move up to Secondary School

(Year 6 to Year 7) 

 1 September 2019  31 October 2019

Move to a Upper or Studio School

(Year 8 to Year 9) 

 1 September 2019  31 October 2019

Further Information

You can find information about all aspects of starting or moving up to a school in our Parents' Guide to Starting School. Once you have read these, if you have any further questions about the process of applying, or for information about schools in the Bournemouth or Christchurch areas of BCP Council,  please contact our Children's Information Service on 01202 456223 or You may also contact the Admissions Team in the Poole office if you have queries about schools in the Poole area of BCP Council on 01202 261936 or email them at

Applying for a Delayed Entry to Reception Year

If your child was born between 1 April 2016 and 31 August 2016 you may be considering applying to delay their entry until September 2021. If so, you should read the admission policies for the schools you wish to apply to. You will need to complete an application form and have it signed by the headteacher of these schools. 

In Year Applications

Find out more about changing school during the school year (known as "in-year" applications)

Transport support for over 16s

If your child is 16 or over you can find out about the type of transport support available in our  Post 16 Travel Statement.

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