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Merley First School

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Important Information For Parents Concerning School Admissions for Reception Age Children

We welcome applications from parents for their children to join our school. If the school place you are seeking for your child is for Reception please follow the link below.

Entry to Reception

BCP Website - School Admissions

Dorset Website - School Admissions

School Prospectus

To read our school prospectus please click on the link below

Merley First School - School Prospectus

Primary School Age places – Year R, Year 3 and Middle school – September 2024

Closing date for applications - 15 January 2024
Offer letters posted to parents/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority - 16 April 2024
Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer - 1 May 2024
Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal - 14 May 2024 
Appeal Hearing Dates Between - Between 18 June and 30 July 2024


  •  Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.
  • You will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of your appeal hearing date. School days do not include school holidays, inset days, bank holidays or weekends.
  • Appeals are heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard during school holidays. Where there are multiple appeals 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 5 school days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  •  Additional evidence may be submitted up to 5 working days before the hearing.
  • Any additional evidence received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing. The Appeal Panel must decide whether it should be considered taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing
  • Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 5 school 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 email in the interim.
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Important information for Parents concerning in year school admissions

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 directly through the BCP Website using the links below.

Together with other schools in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and in accordance with statutory requirements, Merley First School has agreed to join the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions scheme for the entry admission and transfer process for 2023-24. 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:-

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:

Appeals against in-year applications

For a parent to submit an appeal  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 organising 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)


Waiting list information

A waiting list is held by BCP Council for each year group and will remain open until 31st August each year, at which point all names will be removed. Should parents wish their child to be considered for a place at the school in the subsequent school year, they must submit a new in-year application in the August preceding the new school year. We will advise in the first 10 days of the new school year as to whether there is a space available.