Starting secondary or upper school
Apply for a place at a secondary or upper school
The closing date for on-time applications for children starting secondary or upper school in September 2019 was the 31 October 2018, outcomes for any application submitted by this date will be made available from 1 March.
Any application made after the 31 October but before the 28 February will be classed as late and will not be considered until after the on-time allocations have been made. Outcomes for late applications will be made available from 29 March.
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.
Christchurch residents and Local Government Reorganisation
Christchurch residents should apply through us. The applications for children transferring to secondary school will be managed by Dorset County Council.
The information you provided on your application will be used by us for the purposes of allocating you a school place. In order to ensure that all children are provided with a school place in time for September 2019, the information you provide will also be used by Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council after 1 April 2019 for this purpose.
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:
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.