Applying for a School Place

You have the right to express a preference for the school you'd prefer your child to attend in September 2024.

Your local authority will let you know the outcome:

  • on 16 April 2024 if you apply on time (before the 15 January 2024)
  • on 8 May 2024 if you apply late (between 16 January and 9 February 2024)
  • from June onwards if you apply after 10 February 2024.

You must apply to the local authority where you live, even if the schools you are applying for are in another area.

Late applications cannot be submitted online. You can download our application form to post or email to school.admissions@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

If you are a resident outside of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole then you should contact your local council for details of how to apply:

The School's Admission policies and Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) can be found below.

Completed Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) need to be returned to the school directly by the closing date of 15 January 2024. 

If you wish to contact the BCP Council School Admissions Team, please call 01202 127963 or email school.admissions@bcpcouncil.gov.uk


If you wish to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place, your request to appeal should be made in writing, using the appropriate form, and addressed to: 

The Chair of the Admissions Committee (Admission Appeals), St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Devon Road, Poole, BH15 3QQ.
The Appeals timetable can be found below.