Our School Prospectus contains a wealth of information and will hopefully support you when considering whether The Priory Church of England Primary School is appropriate for your child.

Applying for a place in Reception – September 2020

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 below and under ‘key information’ and then the ‘school policies’ tab.

The Priory Primary School is a Church of England school and this means commitment to a Christian Church will support your Admissions Application, although it is not essential. In recent years, the majority of our intake simply live in our catchment and we welcome families of all faiths and background. Increasingly, we have also welcomed families with a Southbourne postcode and we expect to see this trend continue. In order to evidence ‘commitment to a Christian Church’, you will need to submit a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and this must be signed by an authorised Church Official. The 2019-20 SIF can be downloaded here and then returned to the School Office as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Admissions round for Reception Class September 2020, opened on 01 September 2019 and closed on the 15th January 2020.

Information and open dates relating to Reception class intake Sept 2021 will be released on the 1st July 2020.

How to Apply – 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 the Bournemouth or Christchurch areas of BCP Council,  please contact our Children’s Information Service on 01202 456223 or You may also contact the Admissions Team in the Poole office if you have queries about schools in the Poole area of BCP Council on 01202 261936 or email them at

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

Applying for a place in our current Year R to Class 6 – i.e. moving schools

Our PAN (Published Admissions Number) for each class is 30. Currently, we are full in all year groups and hold waiting lists for the majority of year groups – however spaces can become available.

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.

School Tours and Visits

We firmly believe that the only way to see our school is when the children are present. You can then see for yourself what a special place the Priory School is and how fantastic our children are!

We hold regular school tours on a Thursday morning, however the dates of our main open mornings for prospective Year R parents (children starting school in September 2021) are:

  • Yet to be released

Our open mornings include a short talk by the Headteacher, an opportunity to ask questions and a conducted tour of the whole school (but especially our Early Years base) by our Class 6 prefects.

To book a place on our tour, please contact the School Office on 01202 484105 option 4.  We look forward to meeting you then and answering any questions you may have.

Admissions Policies & The Appeals Process

  • The Priory School Admission Policy 2019-20 (applications for Reception class starting September 2020). 



  • The Priory School Admission Policy 2020-21 (applications for Reception class starting September 2021).


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.