Bournemouth Council

Applying For A School Place

How to apply for a school place

Secondary School Allocation

If you have applied for your child to move up to secondary school this September, you can log back into your online account from 10:30am on Wednesday 1 March 2017 to find out which school you have been offered.

We’ll send letters out by first class post to all applicants on 1 March 2017 so if you applied on paper or have forgotten your online password you will receive your offer in the post along with a summary of the allocation

Closing dates for applications

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

  • Secondary applications - 31 October 2016 (all late applications must be submitted on paper)
  • Reception and Junior applications - 15 January 2017

You can read our booklets on the Primary & Infant to Junior Transfer, and Secondary Transfer for information on how to apply for your child's school place together with other things to consider.

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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