Bournemouth Council

Applying for a School Place

How to apply for a school place

Applying for September 2017

You can apply online using the Enrol application website if your child is:

  • Starting Reception
  • Moving up to Junior (Year 3)
  • Moving up to secondary (Year 7)

You can read our booklets on Starting Primary School 2017-18 and Starting Secondary School 2017-18  for information on how to apply for your child's school place together with other things to consider.

Closing dates for applications

The process for applying for a school place will open on the 1st September 2016. The deadlines are below:

  • Secondary applications - 31 October 2016
  • Reception and Junior applications - 15 January 2017

We held talks at the primary schools in Bournemouth throughout June. If you missed the talk at your child's school, you may find this leaflet helpful. 

You may also wish to attend the open evenings held by all Bournemouth secondary schools.  

If you’ve just moved to Bournemouth

If you have just moved to Bournemouth or are planning to in the near future, contact the Children's Information Service (CIS) for advice. Please note, school places can’t normally be reserved more than half a term in advance.

In some cases, we need proof of your address. It may save time later if you provide this to us with your application. 

If you have moved to Bournemouth from overseas, you will also need to present your original passports and visas (if applicable) for all members of the family before we can offer a place. This is so that we know you are here in Bournemouth ready to take up any place offered.

To apply for a place, you can complete the application form and return it to the Admissions Services Team. We’re happy to answer any questions you have. Just call the Children's Information Service on 01202 456223. 

Applying for a school transfer during the academic year

If your child already attends a school in Bournemouth but you wish to move them to another within the Borough, then you will need to complete an application form and submit it to the Admissions Services Team.

We operate a co-ordinated admissions process with the schools in Bournemouth, so there is one application and one offer per pupil.

Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 456222


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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