Choosing the right school for your child is one of life’s big decisions, so thank you for considering the Priory School. Our School Prospectus contains a wealth of information and hopefully will give you a feel for our school.

Applying for a place in Reception

We hope to be able to offer a place for your child in the Autumn term after their fourth birthday, depending on numbers. We are happy to consider applications from out of our catchment area, but in the event of over subscription our Admissions policy will come into operation.

Our latest Admissions Policy can be found under ‘key information’ and then the ‘school policies’ tab.

Is church attendance necessary?

The Priory Primary School is a Church of England School and Christian values underpin our decision making and actions. However, the school exists to serve the needs of our local community. In recent years, the majority of our intake simply live in our catchment area and we welcome families of all faiths and background.

From September 2022 (including application to our Reception Class starting 2022), commitment to a Christian Church is no longer prioritised in our admissions policy. A summary of our stated Admissions criteria can be found below (for definitions – please see our full policy):

  1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after.
  2. (For applicants in the normal admission round only) Children or families who have a serious medical, physical or social condition which makes it essential that the child attends the preferred school rather than any other. (Appropriate medical or psychological evidence must be provided in support.)
  3. Children who at the time of application have a sibling on the roll of the school who will still be
    on roll at the time of admission.
  4. Children living in the school boundary of The Priory CE VA Primary School.
  5. Other children living outside the school boundary based on distance.

Increasingly, we have welcomed families with a Southbourne postcode. With the BCP merger & our close ties with St Katharine’s and St James’ Primary Schools, we expect to see this trend continue.

Please note the Diocese approved statement of variation to our 2021 – 22 Admissions policy due to the effects of COVID-19. This statement still applies to in-year applications.

“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church [or, in relation to those of other  faiths, relevant place of worship] has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church [or in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship] or alternative premises have been available for public worship.”

Status as a feeder school to Twynham Secondary School

Even though we are not part of the Twynham Multi-Academy Trust, we have a very close and positive relationship with Twynham Secondary School. We follow the same Maths and modern foreign language scheme and we are also enjoy the benefits of being supported by their PE and Music departments. In recent years over 90% of our pupils have gone on to study here.

We are delighted to confirm that Priory School remains a feeder school for Twynham.

School Promotional Videos and Open Events for Prospective Parents

All About Priory School – Pupil Film (March 2020)

Our Year 5 pupils made this film, with the help of Soundstorm and Wave Arts in March 2020 to help celebrate our school. It certainly gives you a sense of the energy, talent and enthusiasm of our pupils.

Priory School from the pupils’ perspective

Lockdown School Film – Summer 2020

This short introduction to the school was filmed by school staff during the summer of 2020, when open mornings had to be cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. Much of the information is still accurate.

Priory Virtual School Tour

School Open Days and Tours 2021-22

You really need to see our school in action to make an informed view of what we can provide for your child. This is why we offer open events during the school day rather than in the evening.

We are delighted that we are able to hold a number of in-person information and open events for prospective parents relating to Reception class intake Sept 2022. Places must be booked in advance by phoning the school office on 01202 484105 and are limited to 20 per session.

Thursday 14th October 2021 9:30 – 10:30am – AVAILABLE

Friday 15th October 2021 9:30 – 10:30am – AVAILABLE

Monday 18th October 2021 1:30 – 2:30pm – AVAILABLE

Tuesday 19th October 2021 1:30 – 2:30pm – AVAILABLE

Monday 15th November 2021 9:30 – 10:30am AND 1:30 – 2:30pm -BOTH AM/PM AVAILABLE

We look forward to meeting you at our open events and answering any questions you may have.

How to Apply for a Reception Class place – Using the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole website (BCP)

For families living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, the new Local Authority have updated their website and guidance relating to applying for school places. Please visit

You can find information about all aspects of starting school in the new BCP Parent Guides. These are available online from the above website. Once you have read these, if you have any further questions about the process of applying, or for information about schools in BCP Council,  please contact our Children’s Information Service on 01202 123222 or You may also contact the Admissions Team on 01202 127963 or email them at

Applications can be made online or you can request a paper form. They are processed by BCP Council. 

Applications for a Delayed Entry to Reception for summer born children

Our process for responding to requests for admissions to a year group outside a child’s normal age group (including delayed admission to reception for summer born children) has now been approved.

Application form for delayed entry to Reception for summer born children:

Application form to request a child is placed in a class outside their normal year group other than Reception i.e. kept behind year

In all cases of deferred or delayed entry requests, please contact the school for a discussion with the Headteacher.

Applying for a place in our current Year R to Class 6 – i.e. moving schools (also known as in-year transfers)

Our PAN (Published Admissions Number) for each class is 30.

Currently, we have availability in Reception Class and Year 1. We are full in all other year groups and hold waiting lists – however spaces can sometimes become available, so please contact the school to find the latest position.

Changing your child’s school part way through the year is a big decision. There are some situations where you can’t avoid it, like moving house or coming into the area. If there are other reasons for changing schools, ideally you should:

  • discuss the reason you want to change schools with your child’s current school
  • understand that in year places are not always available
  • consider the impact on your child as they leave friends and a familiar environment

If you would like your child to attend our school, please do contact our school office team for further information – 01202 484105.

BCP Council are responsible for all in year transfers. Please refer to the following web page for information and how you can apply.

Priory School – Appeals information relating to a refused application

You have the right to appeal a refusal to offer your child a place at the Priory School, as long as you have:

a) applied for a place

b) not been offered a higher preference school

Please do contact the school to make us aware of your intentions. You will be directed to the BCP schools appeal website for the relevant forms and information: When completing the forms please type them rather than scanning a handwritten copy. If you do not have access to the internet, then please post the forms to the Council although this may delay your appeal.

If your appeal relates to an infant class (i.e. Reception, Class 1 or 2) then the Council have responded to some frequently asked questions below:

COVID 19 UPDATE. In the light of the recent crisis, timescales relating to hearing appeals are being extended and it is likely that social distancing measures will be in place to hear appeals such as using virtual conferencing. Please complete the appeal forms as necessary. You will then be advised on how your appeal will be progressed by the Council.

The deadline for on-time primary appeals (for Reception intake Sept 2022) is 15th January 2022.

Children get off to a strong start in the early years. They make good progress from their different starting points and are well prepared for their transition into Year 1.

Ofsted March 2018

Starting Secondary School – Information for Parents

We understand that moving up to Secondary or Studio school is an exciting experience for both children and parents. However, this transition can also be a challenging time for all as decisions are made about which schools to apply for – with this process then followed by the inevitable and anxious wait to see if the application has been successful.

It is important that you do express your preferences for schools you wish your child to attend. Our schools are popular; there is no guarantee that a place will be offered at your preferred school(s), so expressing three school preferences will maximise our ability to offer you one of them. Please list your choice of schools in your order of preference.

BCP online application system provides a simple and secure way for you to send us your application. It also means you can log in again in March to view your child’s allocated school. It is important to make a well-informed decision about which school you wish your child to attend. We strongly recommend that parents take the opportunity to visit schools to see what they can offer their child before making an application. It is also important to read the schools’ admission policies to understand how your application will be considered by them. You will find all the policies on either the schools’ webpages or on the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole website. You can also view information about how places were offered last year.