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 under ‘Key Information’ and then the ‘Policies’ sub-heading.

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 area 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. They can be collected and then returned to the School Office as soon as possible.

The Admissions round for Reception Class September 2020, opens on 01 September 2019 and closes on the 15th January 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.

From 01 September 2019, the new 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 2020) are:

  • Thursday 26th September 10:30am
  • Thursday 14th November 10:30am

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.

The Appeals Process

  • The Priory CE VA School Admission Policy for 2018-19 (applications for Reception class starting September 2019).


Admissions Appeal Timetable

  • 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.


Admissions Appeal Timetable

  • 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