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.

School transport

Your children may be able to get free transport to school depending on how far the walk is, any special needs they have and whether the walk is safe.

Find a school

Find out about schools in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

School Performance Reports

Search for primary, secondary and special needs schools and colleges in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and check their performance.

Apply for a school place

How to apply for either a primary, infant, first, junior, middle, secondary or upper school place.

School appeals

How to appeal a decision about a school admission, to prepare for the hearing, and other FAQs.

Parents guide to school admissions

Information to help you apply for a school place.

Changing school during the school year

What to consider if you're thinking about changing your child's school during the year, and how to apply.

School term dates

Find your child's school term, half term and holiday dates.

Free School Meals

Free School Meals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

School policies

Parent's guides, transport and children in care policies, plus other guides and reports for school admissions.

At school

Includes attendance and inclusion.

Educational psychology

Information for parents about educational psychology and the service.

Educating your child at home (Elective Home Education)

You can teach your child at home, either full or part-time. This is called home education (sometimes 'elective home education' or 'home schooling').

Become a school governor

How to apply to become a school governor.

Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE)

What SACRE is, and how to view agendas and minutes from previous meetings.

BCP Council Parent Portal

Access the Parent Portal

SEN Local Offer

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