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Starting school for the first time

Apply for a new reception primary school place for children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.

Are your child's immunisations up-to-date?

Check with your GP and use the NHS Choices vaccination planner (opens in a new window) to see when they're due. 

When should I apply for my child to start school?

If your child's date of birth is between:Apply for a school place from:Start school in:
1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014Apply from 1 September 2017September 2018
1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015Apply September 2018September 2019
1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016Apply September 2019September 2020

Before you apply

  • 15 January 2018 is the closing date for starting school for the first time application. Any application received after this date will be treated as late. 
    • applications received before the 15 January will be informed of their outcome on the 16 April 2018
    • applications received after this date but before the 15 April will be treated as a late application. Outcomes will be sent on the 18 May 2018
    • application received after the late round closing date (15 April) will be treated as an In Year application
  • you must be a Dorset resident or have proof of a Dorset address to complete this application. If you do not have a confirmed Dorset address but wish to apply for a Dorset school, please apply through the local council admissions team in the area where you currently live
  • we strongly advise that you name three schools on your application, one of these should be your catchment school. Do not name a school more than once. It will not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority over another

Important information regarding applications for Twynham Primary school:

Twynham Primary School is on a temporary site at Twynham Secondary School and it is anticipated that it will be moving to its new site at Marsh Lane from September 2018. Please be aware that when making online applications, the distances shown to Twynham Primary School may be showing to the current site at Twynham School Campus. Allocations based on Twynham Primary Admissions Arrangements for September 2018 places will be made using distances from the Marsh Lane site. Please consider this when making your application.

How do I apply?

Step 1 - What you should do before you apply

You should:

Please note:

Some religious schools may require you to complete an additional form. This is an extra form to be added to the application, and not instead of it

Step 2 - How to apply online

Apply online now

  1. Register and apply online, listing up to three schools in order of preference, one of these should be your catchment school.
  2. You will receive an email once you have submitted your child's school application.
  3. Ensure any required evidence, medical or religious, has been sent to the school admissions team. We can only consider your application based on the evidence you have submitted as of the closing date and we will not chase you for additional information.

Alternatively, download and submit a paper application.

Making late applications

Any applications received after the 15 January 2018, but before the 15 April 2018 will be treated as a late application. Outcomes will be sent on the 18 May 2018.

Submitting a late application greatly reduces your child's chance of getting a place at one of your preferred schools. This will be the case even if you live in the catchment area and/or have older children already attending the school.

Applications received after the 15 April 2018 will no longer be co-ordinated and will be dealt with as In Year Transfers. They will be processed as quickly as possible after the late round offer date (18 May 2018) as they are received.

Changing submitted applications

If you wish to change your application once it has been submitted, you will be able to log back into your online account. However, if you are wishing to make changes after the closing date you would need to complete a change of preference form.

Please note we base applications on the information provided by the relevant closing date, if you have moved address after the 15 January we will base your application on the address you were living at as of the closing date.


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