Primary school places announced for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Every parent across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who applied by the national deadline has been offered a Reception place for their child in September. 98% of families have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

All parents who applied on-line will be able to log on from 10am today (Friday 16 April) to view the result of their application. Letters will be sent to all parents who applied by the closing date of 15 January 2021.

Across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole there are sufficient school places for all local children for September 2020.

Elaine Redding, Corporate Director for Children’s Services at BCP Council said:

“We are pleased that we have been able to offer such a high percentage of families one of their preferred schools for their children to attend from September, with over 91% being offered their first choice for reception, over 95% receiving their first choice junior school and 98% getting their first choice middle school.”

The breakdown of allocations is as follows:



Junior (Yr 3)

Middle (Yr 5)

1st Preference Offered




2nd Preference Offered




3rd Preference Offered




4th Preference Offered




Total applicants receiving one of their preferences




This data is for all applicants who applied by the National Closing Date of 15 January 2021.

If families living in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole would like to talk to someone about school vacancies and the options available to them they can contact the following numbers:

  • 01202 123222
  • 01202 127963