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Applying for a Reception Place in Poole schools

Do you have a child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012? If so, then you need to apply for a school place for September 2016.

Parents can now apply online by the closing date of 15 January 2016.

Teacher and children

The Family Information Service can help with the application process and any queries you may have, as well as offering guidance on preparing children for school, out of school childcare and other services available to help. Visit any time between 9am and 5.15pm from Monday to Thursday, and between 9am and 4.45pm on Friday. The Family Information Service can be found in the Welcome Area above Poole Central Library in the Dolphin Centre, with easy access for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

It is recommended that you go and see the schools you might like your child to attend before submitting an application. Most schools hold open days to make it easier to visit your preferences, and meeting the teachers and viewing the school can be invaluable in ensuring you are happy with your child’s journey into school life. School details and links to school websites can be found on the Family Information Directory at www.poole.gov.uk/familyinformation.

Starting school is a big step for parents and children alike – with lots of excitement and nerves! If you are worried about how your child will cope with school, there is lots you can do to help get them ready, with helpful advice available in Poole 0-5 Services’ downloadable leaflet, which looks at seven key skills to help children in their first school year. More information can be found in the Schools and Learning pages of the Family Information Directory.

For more information on applying for a school place please contact Poole Admissions Team:
Phone: 01202 261936
Email: school.admissions@poole.gov.uk
Website: www.poole.gov.uk/familyinformation

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