School application deadline looming

Parents across Dorset are being reminded that there are only a few weeks left to apply for their child’s secondary or upper school place for September 2019. The deadline is 31 October 2018.

To date, Dorset County Council has received 2,376 applications for secondary/upper schools, but many children have yet to have an application submitted for them.

Councillor Andrew Parry, cabinet member for education, learning and skills, is encouraging parents to apply: “It is of paramount importance that any parent wanting their child to be offered a place at a preferred secondary or upper school applies by the 31 October deadline. It is regrettable that any applications received after this date won’t be considered until the late round in February, so please don’t take the risk of leaving it too late.”

The deadline for middle, junior and reception is 15 January.

Information, including an online application form, is available at, or families can call 01305 221060 for an application pack to be sent out in the post.