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Apply for a secondary or upper school place

Applying for a school place for September 2022

You have the right to express a preference for the school you'd prefer your child to attend in September 2022.

The published closing date for on time secondary and upper school applications has now passed.

We will let you know your outcome:

  • on 1 March 2022 if you applied on-time (before the 31 October 2021)
  • on 11 March 2022 if apply late (between 1 November 2021 and 28 January 2022)
  • from April onwards if you apply after 29 January 2022

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:

Further Information

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 schoolmoving 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 2022 to 2023.