Apply for a secondary or upper school place
You have the right to express a preference for the school you'd prefer your child to attend in September 2023.
We will let you know your outcome:
- on 1 March 2023 if you apply on time (before the 31 October 2022)
- on 24 March 2023 if you apply late (between 1 November 2022 and 27 January 2023)
- from April onwards if you apply after 29 January 2023.
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 us
If you are a resident outside of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole then you should contact your local council for details of how to apply
If you apply online you can log in to your account and view the result of your application on the notification date.
The published notification date is 1 March 2023.
If you do not provide an email address you will receive your offer letter by post.
You can see how places were offered in 2022 for secondary and upper schools.
You can find information about all aspects of starting or moving up to a school in our parents guides. There is booklet for children who are starting school, moving up to Junior or Middle school and for children moving up to Secondary or Upper school. Once you have read these, if you have any further questions please contact our Children's Information Service by:
You can find useful dates in the Coordinated Scheme 2023 to 2024.