Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

Educational settings such as schools, have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Guidance is available for staff, parents, carers, pupils and students

See further information about changes to other services.

We’ve made applying for a school easier so you can choose the right school for your child. Make sure that you apply for a place the year before your child is due to start. Your child may also get free school meals if you have a low income.

Livingstone Academy

A new school opening in BCP Council in September 2021

Fair Access Protocols

Background information to our Fair Access Protocol and challenging behaviour

Moving School During the School Year

How to change a child's school during the school year, including moving into the area

Schools in Bournemouth

A list of Bournemouth schools available for all age ranges in the borough. Doesn't include independent schools.

Starting School

You need to apply for a school place for your child a year before they are due to start Primary School.

Applying For A School Place

You can apply for a school place for your child by filling out an application form. Make sure you submit before the closing dates.

School Term Dates

School term dates agreed for the current and next academic year in the Bournemouth catchment areas.

Support For Your Child In School

Our Education Psychologists specialise in early years, autism and mental health. We also have a free telephone consultation service.

School Appeals

If your school place application is unsuccessful, you can appeal to an independent Appeal Panel

Admission Policies

Bournemouth school admission policies, both draft and determined policies for the current year

Complaining About a School

If you're unhappy about an event or the service provided by your child's school you need to follow the complaints procedure outlined below.

Educational Psychology Service

Working with children, young people, their education providers, parents and carers giving the advice and support they need

Attendance and Inclusion

Support for children, young people and families where there are attendance and welfare issues, including advice for .

Bournemouth and Poole 14-19 Team

Our 14 to19 team maintains the learning opportunities available in Bournemouth and Poole for young people aged 14 to 19.

Free School Meals

We want to make sure that every child eats well when they're at school. Your children may be entitled to free school meals if you have a low income.

Help With Transport To School

Find out more about our school transport service and if you are eligible, the help we can provide for transport costs.

School Place Planning

We use forecasting to get an idea of how many school places we need for the next year. You can find out about our measures here.

Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

SACRE set the syllabus, provide advice and review religious education provided in local schools

Home Education

Your child doesn't have to go school, but they must be educated. If you want to home educate them, you should tell their headteacher.

Applying To Be A School Governor

School governors make sure children get a high standard of education. You can find application forms here.

Training for Educational Psychologists

You can also contact us for advice and support.

SEN Local Offer

Information about help and services specifically for children & young people with special educational needs & disabilities