Admissions Information for September 2023 - Starting school - EYFS

How to apply for a school place

BCP Council are encouraging ALL parents to apply for a school place online.

Please visit to apply for a place and for more useful information.

The BCP school admissions team deal with our admissions, they are based in the Civic Centre. Their contract details are; 

Tel: 01202 123222


The School admissions Team

BCP Council

Room 105

Civic Centre


BH15 2KU

Please click on the links below to access our admissions policies.

Primary School Age Places - Year R, Year 3 and Middle School - September 2023

Offer letters posted to parents/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority 17th April 2023

Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer 2nd May 2023

Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal 19th May 2023

Appeal Hearing Dates Between Between 20th June and 30th July

School Admission Appeals


  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.
  • You will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of your appeal hearing date.  School days do not include school holidays, inset days, bank holidays or weekends.
  • Appeals are heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard during school holidays.  Where there are multiple appeals for places at the same school, the hearings may go over a number of days.
  • The school’s case will be made available to parents and Panel members at least 5 school days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  • Additional evidence may be submitted up to 5 working days before the hearing.
  • Any additional evidence received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.  The Appeal Panel must decide whether it should be considered taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing
  • Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 5 school days of the end of the hearing.  During busy periods, such as main entry, full decision letters may take longer than this, so the Clerk will send a brief decision summary email in the interim.
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


In Year Admissions

Sometimes children need to move school during the academic year, for example if you have moved house and this is called ‘In Year Admission’. BCP Council admissions team deals with our In Year Admissions, however we do encourage parents/carers to visit our Federation before making an application.

To make an In Year Application please use the link below to access further information and to access the online application form and a paper application form. The form should also be available from your child’s current school. 

School Admission Appeals

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, BCP continue to hear appeals based on written submissions.

For more information on the school appeals process please follow the link below to the BCP council School admission appeals pages 

Useful Information and Forms for Federation Starters

Pupil Detail Form

Pupil Consent Form

New Starters Booklet

Pupil Privacy Notice

Acceptable Use of IT Policy

Home School Agreement

Chartwells Letter