First School Admissions Policies

If your child has been refused a place to start in September 2022 at your preferred school and you wish to appeal, please be aware of the following:

School Admission Appeals are organised for the majority of schools in Poole by the Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel within the Council’s Democratic Services Team.

Primary School Age places – Year R, Year 3 and Middle school – September 2022
Offer letters posted to parents/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority 19 April 2022
Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer 3 May 2022
Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal 18 May 2022
Appeal Hearing Dates Between 20 June and 30 July 2022

 

General:

  • In line with the Covid-19 legislation, all appeals lodged before 30 September 2022 are being heard based on written information only.
  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • You will receive at least 14 calendar days’ notice of your appeal hearing date.
  • Appeals are normally heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard during school holidays.
  • Where there are a number of parents all appealing 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 7 calendar days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  • The Panel will set a deadline for any additional evidence to be received.
  • Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 7 calendar 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 letter in the interim.
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable, based on written information only.

Late appeals and in-year appeals will be heard in line with the deadlines set out in the School Admission Appeals Code.

If you wish to appeal please contact the School Admissions Team on 01202 261936

Broadstone First School In-Year Applications

In-year Applications are when you wish to move your child from one school to another part way through their time at a school.

Together with other schools in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and in accordance with statutory requirements, Broadstone First School has agreed to join the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions scheme for the entry admission and transfer process for 2021-22. Therefore, the in-year application and allocation process will be handled by the Local Authority.

Full details of the application process, and the main application form, can be found on the BCP website on the link below:-

https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Schools-and-learning/School-admissions/Changing-school-during-the-school-year/Apply-to-change-your-childs-school-in-year-application.aspx

There is a separate protocol for admission of Looked After Child and Previously Looked After Children, for which a Supplementary Information Form is required and can be found on the BCP website on the link below:

https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Schools-and-learning/School-admissions/Changing-school-during-the-school-year/In-year-school-admissions-of-looked-after-children-and-previously-looked-after-children.aspx

Details of the application process for appeals can be found on the BCP website on the link below:

https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Schools-and-learning/School-appeals/School-admission-appeals.aspx

Appeals against In-Year Applications

For a parent to submit an appeal to the Local Authority At least 20 schools days from the parent receiving notice of the refusal of a school place
Notice of the appeal hearing At least 10 school days before the appeal hearing
Appellants (usually the parents) to submit evidence 8 school days before the appeal hearing
Admissions Authority (the school) to submit their evidence 8 school days before the appeal hearing
The clerk (person organizing the appeal) sends appeal papers to the parents, the panel and the school 5 school days before the appeal hearing
Additional evidence from the appellants: sometimes the appellants want to provide additional information after seeing all the papers 5 school days before the appeal hearing
Decision letters sent to the appellants: this is the letter that tells the appellant if their appeal has been upheld or refused Within 5 school days of the hearing (wherever possible)