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

For Appeals information (relating to Reception Class September 2020) please see information towards the bottom of this page.

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

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.

Is church attendance necessary?

Not at all! 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.

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

The Priory Primary School is a Church of England School and Christian values underpin our decision making and actions. Currently, our admissions criteria means commitment to a Christian Church will support your application, although it is not essential.

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.

School Tours and Open Mornings for Prospective Parents

Priory Virtual School Tour (during lockdown June 2020)

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

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 during the Autumn term, however the dates of our main open mornings for prospective Year R parents (children starting school in September 2021) are:

  • Yet to be released due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Our open mornings include a short presentation 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 open mornings or a 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.

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 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 (also known as in-year transfers)

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.

Priory School Admissions Policies

  • 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).


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 school.

The deadline for on-time primary appeals is  still 18 May 2020.

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.