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Witchampton CofE First School


Admissions Policy

Witchampton CofE First School is a small, church school for pupils aged 4 – 9, maintained by Wimborne Academy Trust.

Children Starting School in September 2018

Parent/Carers of Reception age children starting school in September 2018 should apply for a place via Dorset Local Authority. Click on the links below to be taken to the Dorset Local Authority web pages:

Dorset LA Admissions information.

Tours of the School

We are always delighted to show parents around the school and answer any questions they might have. Please telephone the school on 01258 840684 to arrange a tour. In most cases the Head of School will accompany parents on school tours.

For new pupils due to start school in September, tours are available during the Autumn Term. Please telephone the school office on 01258 840684 to book a tour place.

Children Joining Our School At Any 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 must apply for a place via Dorset Local Authority. Click on the links above to be taken to the Dorset Local Authority web pages.  

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

Witchampton CofE First School is a member of the Wimborne Academy Trust partnership of schools, for which the Admission Authority is the ‘Academy Trust’. This is a vibrant and exciting family of schools, driven to provide high quality education and to fully support the local and wider community. The ‘day to day’ administration of admission applications and admission decisions are delegated to the School Governing Body, whose Admissions Committee will consider every application fairly and reasonably in accordance with the Admission Arrangements set out below.

The 2016/17 and 2017/18 Admissions Arrangements were agreed before the school converted to academy status and so must apply until such time that the Academy Trust reviews admission arrangements and proposes new procedure.

Important: 2018/19 School Admission Arrangements Update

Wimborne Academy Trust has been considering the redevelopment of its school Admission Arrangements, in conjunction with partner schools and the Local Authority. The intention had been to revise admission arrangements for the 2018/19 school year. However, as the Trust is committed to only introducing revised admission arrangements when new policy and practice can be established which genuinely benefits the local community and the schools, this will not now happen.

Following various discussions, a working party with representatives from partner schools and Dorset CC has concluded that there is currently insufficient detail available to accurately inform the factors which influence the development of school admission arrangements. Especially concerning the level of housing development, which remains somewhat volatile and affects pupil forecasts and the appropriateness of catchment boundaries. Consequently, a cross-partner decision has been taken to continue operating with the current published school Admission Arrangements until at least 2019/20. This will allow sufficient time for further work to be undertaken in order that the most appropriate solution is developed for future use.

Useful Admissions Information

Click here to read the School Admissions Code 2014

Click here to read the School Admissions Appeals Code 2012

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