Applying for a place in Reception – September 2019
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 admission policy will come into operation.
Applications to join our Reception Class in September 2019 must be made through the local authority where you live. The closing date for applications was the 15th January 2019 and the main round is therefore closed.
If you are submitting a supplementary information form to support your application, this must be signed by an authorised Church Official and returned to the School Office as soon as possible.
Important Update re BCP transition
Applications into Year Reception and Year 7 for a September 2019 start – families should keep sending applications to DCC/DC until 31 July. From the 1 August all applications need to be submitted to BCP.
From the 1 August, DC websites will point all applicants for Rec and Year 7 for a September 2019 start to BCP for all schools except Highcliffe School.
Telephone Enquiries: Any family wishing to discuss their Point of Entry allocation to a Christchurch School is to contact Dorset Direct – 01305221060 up until the 31 July. They should contact BCP Customer Services from the 1 August -01202 456222
Starting Reception – September 2020
At the end of June 2019, information will be updated for parents wanting to apply for a place in our Reception class, commencing September 2020. In the meantime, please visit our policies page to see our Admissions policy.
Applying for a place in our current Year R to Class 6
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. If you would like your child to attend our school, please do contact our school office team for further information – 01202 484105
You can apply online at www.dorsetforyou.com/school-admissions. If you do not have access to the internet please contact the School Admissions Team at Dorset County Council on 01305 221060 for assistance.
Important Update re BCP transition
In Year applications for Reception and Y1-11 to start school immediately need to be submitted to DCC/DC until the 31 March. From the 1 April any application needs to be submitted to BCP. Applications for Year 1-11 places (except Year 3 starters into Mudeford and Christchurch Juniors) for a September 2019 start can be submitted to DCC/DC until the 31 March.
From the 1 April any of these applications need to be submitted to BCP. Families should note that these applications will not be considered until 3 June.
School Tours and Visits
We hold regular school tours on a Thursday morning. The dates of our main open mornings for prospective Year R parents (children starting school in September 2020) will be arranged for the Autumn term 2019. These are usually in September and October.
There is no need to book in advance, simply arrive at the school reception. We look forward to meeting you then and answering any questions you may have.
- The Priory CE VA School Admission Policy for 2018-19 (applications for Reception class starting September 2019).
- The Priory School Admission Policy 2019-20 (applications for Reception class starting September 2020). Please note that this policy will be administered by the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Local Authority.
- 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