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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 2024. The main closing date was 31 October 2023.

Late applications cannot be submitted online. You can download our application form to post or email to us

We will let you know your outcome:

  • on 1 March 2024 if you apply on time (before the 31 October 2023)
  • on 25 March 2024 if you apply late (between 1 November 2023 and 26 January 2024)
  • from April onwards if you apply after 27 January 2024.

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

Application outcomes

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 2024.

If you do not provide an email address you will receive your offer letter by post.

2023 allocation

You can see how places were offered in 2023 for secondary and upper schools.

Further Information

You can find information about all aspects of starting or moving up to a school in our parents guides. There is a 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.

We recommended that you read the full admissions policy for the school(s) you wish to apply for.

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