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Today parents across the county find out which primary, first, middle or junior school their child will go to in September.
In Dorset, 95 percent of parents are receiving the good news that their child has a place at their first preference.

This includes places for children starting school for the first time in reception, as well as those transferring to middle or junior school. The school admissions team at Dorset Council processed a total of 5095 primary and first school applications – including for children living in Christchurch, which is now part of the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council.

Ed Denham, School Place Sufficiency Manager at Dorset Council, said: ‘Starting school is an important milestone in a child’s life. We’re really pleased that the majority of parents were offered their first preference. We’ll continue to work with schools to make sure there are enough places in the areas where we need them and wish children the best of luck as they start or move school in September.’

Parents will be contacted by email or post and can also find out the outcome of their application online. Dorset Council will let Christchurch parents know the outcome of their applications for September, but then future school admissions for that area will be handled by BCP Council.
Overall 95.1 percent  of parents got their first preference – that is 0.5 percent down from last year overall. This is largely down to oversubscribed schools in Christchurch and Blandford.



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