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Our school is an academy and and belongs to the Castleman Academy Trust.

Priority is given to children who live in our area. Some parents from outside our area choose our school because they feel it best suits the needs of their child. If this is you, then please contact the school office about the procedures for admitting your child. You can register your child at this school at any time by completing one of our admission forms. Please provide sight of your child’s birth certificate when returning the form to school. We will then send you a letter the September before your child is due to start school explaining how to apply for a place. A letter confirming your child’s place will be issued during April.

Children first start school in the September after their 4th birthday. The first year in school is a very special time and we try to make sure that there are lots of opportunities for you to meet with staff to discuss progress.

For more information about School Admissions, please click here.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, please contact the Special Educational Needs Team who will be able to help you with your child’s continued education and advise of the next steps.

Ferndown 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 Dorset, and in accordance with statutory requirements, Ferndown 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 application form, can be found on the Dorset website on the link below.


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


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)