Applying for a School Place

You have the right to express a preference for the school you would prefer your child to attend.

Children starting before September 2023: See Admissions Policy 2022-23 (In year Admissions).

Children starting in Reception in September 2023: See Admissions Policy 2023-24.

The published closing dates for September 2023 entry (now closed):

  • Admission to Reception – 15 January 2023
  • Transfer to Junior and Middle School – 15 January 2023
  • Transfer to Secondary School – 31 October 2022

The policy for in-year admissions can be found below.

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

If you are applying on faith grounds, you will need to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). It will need to be returned to the school by the closing date of 15 January 2023. This form is available to download below.

If you wish to speak to the Borough of Poole School Admissions Team, please call the main enquiry number 01202 261936.

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.
Your request should be made within 14 days of the date of the notification letter (by the date on the reply slip).