'Most' Dorset pupils offered their first choice primary school

'Most' Dorset pupils offered their first choice primary school

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:17am 17th April 2020.

Families in Dorset have been finding out which school their children will be going to in September.

Nearly 95% have been offered their first choice of infant, first, primary, junior or middle school in Dorset.

Out of 4,547 applications that Dorset Council received, the Schools Admissions Team were able to offer 4,308 families their first choice of school for September.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help said:

"These are unusual and difficult times, but today we are looking forward to September and a new school year.

"Our work to try and offer families their preferred school has been continuing and I am delighted that so many children will be able to attend their first choice of school.

"We do not yet know when schools will re-open, but whatever lies ahead, I know Dorset schools will be working with families to make sure the transition and settling in process is as smooth as possible." 

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Dorset Council say it's never too early to start preparing children to start reception.

They're encouraging parents to get children in routine by:

  • encouraging them to get dressed, undressed and use the toilet independently
  • helping them become familiar with numbers, letters and sounds
  • reading and singing nursery rhymes


'Additional Information'

Parents and carers, who applied for a school place online or who have given an email address, will be notified by email.  

More than 97 per cent applied online.

Anyone without an email address should contact Dorset Council School Admissions Team on 01305 221060.