Applying For A School Place

How to apply and when

Applying for a place in September 2019

The process begins on 1 September 2018 to apply for your child to:

  • start reception
  • move from infant to junior school
  • move up to secondary school
  • move up to a middle or studio school

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.  

Complete the application form to apply for a place 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. 

2018 allocation

All on time applicants have been sent their offer of a school place for September 2018. You can read the statistics for the primary, junior and secondary allocations. 

If you’ve just moved to Bournemouth

Contact the Children's Information Service (CIS) 01202 456223 for advice if you've just moved here, or plan to move here in the near future. 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.

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.

School Admission Policies

Admission Policies for all mainstream Bournemouth schools are available in our Primary and Secondary booklets. 

Transport Support for Over 16s

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

Apply for a school transfer during the academic year

If your child already attends a school in Bournemouth but you want to move them to another school within the Borough, please complete an application form. Submit it to the Admissions Services Team.

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

We have also set the co-ordinated scheme for 2019-20.