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How to apply for a place at The Purbeck School

If you are considering The Purbeck School for your child and would like to receive correspondence from us, please register your interest here and we will keep you updated with all information and events over the coming year.

How to apply for a place at The Purbeck School in Year 7

The Purbeck School has been oversubscribed for Year 7 places for the past few years, so in order to be guaranteed a place, applying early is crucial.

You can apply online via from 1 September 2023. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2023. Dorset Council will let you know your outcome:

  • on 1 March 2024 if you applied on time (by 31 October 2023)
  • on 2 April 2024 if you apply late (between 1 November 2023 and 29 February 2024)
  • from June onwards if you apply after 29 February 2024
Moving school during the school year (in-year admissions)

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. If there are other reasons for changing schools, you should:

  • discuss the reason you want to change schools with your child’s current school
  • and consider the effect of changing schools. Any change could disrupt your child’s education,
  • think about whether a new school can offer your child the courses or exams they want to take, particularly during GCSE or A-level courses

You can apply to move schools at any point, but Dorset Council only processes in-year applications half a term before the date you would like to start. If you want an in-year school place to start in September Dorset Council will look at this from June. You can apply online via

You will be informed of your outcome within 10 school days. If you have been refused you can go on the School waiting lists and you can appeal a school place.

Before you apply:
  • Read Dorset Council’s parents’ guide for information about the different types of schools, the evidence they require, and information you need to know before applying.
  • You must be a Dorset resident to complete the application form. If you do not have a confirmed Dorset address but wish to apply for a Dorset school, please apply through the local authority admissions team in the area where you currently live. This includes if you live within Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole (BCP).
  • Read our school admissions policy: Admission Policy 2024-25
  • For children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, you have to apply for a school place in a different way. Find out what to do if your child has an educational, health, and care (EHC) plan. Check out Dorset’s Local Offer for information on support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • If you are moving into or within Dorset, make it clear on your application if you’re applying from your current or your new address. You do not need to be living within Dorset to complete an in-year application and if you are moving out of Dorset, you can apply to your new home authority. If you’re moving into or within Dorset and you want your application to be based on your new address you must give us proof of this address.
What to do when you have a school place offer

Dorset Council automatically assumes you want to accept your school place. If you want to decline a school place offered, you must provide them with the reason, or want your child to go on a waiting list, you can only go on the waiting list if you have been refused a place, you must respond by 2 April 2024 for on-time applications and 14 April 2024 for late applications. You will also receive information about your transport entitlement.

Once you have received your offer letter, please complete the ‘New Student Information Form’. Once we have received your completed form, an email will be sent to you to confirm receipt and we will request that you contact your child’s current school to complete the Academic Profile Form. Once we have received both of these forms back, we will start to process the application.

Please read our Parent Information Booklet, which is designed to provide you with the most important information for ease of reference and to acquaint you with our systems before your child arrives at us. There is a separate consent form that includes signing up for the ‘Purbeck Contract’, We would appreciate you spending some time reading through this with your child, and then signing and returning before your child starts. The website is a fantastic source of information, and all this information has been placed under the Information/Transition tab.

Contact the School Admissions Team if you have any queries.

School admissions team

Tel: 01305 221060
Fax: 01305228635
Full contact details for the School admissions team


The current Pupil Admission Number for The Purbeck School is 180

Admissions Documents