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St John's CE First School


Admissions Policy

St John's is a Church of England First school for pupils aged 4-9, maintained by Initio Learning Trust.

The admission policy for this school is detailed below: please click on the link:

2025-2026 Admissions Policy St John's CE First School

2024-2025 Admissions Policy St John's CE First School

2023-2024 Admissions Policy St John's CE First School


Children Starting School in September 2024

Parents of Reception age children starting school in September 2024 should apply for a place through the local authority in which they live. Click on the link below for the relevant Dorset County Council web pages:

Dorset Council School Admissions Website

Tours of the School

We are always delighted to show parents/carers around the school and answer any questions they might have. Please telephone the school 01202 883675 to arrange a tour. In most cases the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will accompany parents/carers on school tours.

For new pupils due to start school in September, tours are available during the Autumn Term. Tours usually take place with a maximum of 3 families.  Please telephone the school office on 01202 883675 to book a tour place.

Children Joining Our School At Any Other Time Other than the Start of Reception Year

We welcome applications from parents for their children to join our school at any time.  If the school place you are seeking for your child is required during the school year, you will still need to apply via the local authority in which you live.  Click on the link below to be taken to the Dorset Local Authority web pages:

Moving school during the school year [in year admissions]

Dorset Council's In-Year Coordination Scheme

Parents are asked to note the following information regarding School Admission Arrangements:

St John's Church of England First School is a member of the Initio Learning Trust partnership of schools. This is a vibrant and exciting family of schools, driven to provide high quality education and to fully support the local and wider community. 

Admissions Appeals

Click here to view the process for admissions appeals.

Click here for the admissions appeals timetable.

Useful Admissions Information

Click here to read the School Admissions Code 2021

Click here to read the School Admissions Appeals Code 2022