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All you need to know about applying to St Edward’s School…

Choosing where to apply for a secondary school is a significant decision and we are delighted that you are thinking of applying to St Edward’s School. We are renowned for our ability to secure top academic outcomes for students, among the highest 10% of schools nationally, combined with our strong ethos and pastoral care. 

As a joint church school between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth and the Church of England Diocese of Salisbury, our primary aim is to provide an education that supports parents and carers from our dioceses with their responsibility to share their faith with their children. 

There is a School Admission Arrangements  2023-24 Public Consultation being carried out by BCP Council, information can be found here.


When and how should I apply?

The deadline to apply for a Year 7 place for September 2022 is 31st October 2021. All applications are dealt with after the deadline has passed – there is no priority for those that have submitted their forms earlier in the application window.

Any applications submitted after this date will not be considered by BCP Council until after the National Allocation date of the 1st March 2022. The Coordinated Admission Scheme details for 2022 – 23 from BCP Council can be found here.

Upon application, you have the right to state up to four preferences for a school place. Your child will be considered against the admission policy for that school for each place in order of ranking from 1-4. There is no benefit to stating the same school four times.

Think carefully about your choices and take your time to look through the information available to you for each school. As well as website literature, we would encourage you to talk to the parents of children who already attend your choices to gain some feedback.

If you are a Poole resident, please submit your application via Poole School Admissions, otherwise it is sent to your current Local Authority. Your Local Authority will be stated on any council documentation you hold such as a Council Tax bill.


What is a Supplementary Information Form?

If you are applying under religious grounds, you need to also complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) for St Edward’s School, previous forms for former church schools your child may have attended, do not apply for St Edward’s. Please note that we cannot accept any supporting letters in lieu of a SIF. If your child was baptised out of the UK, we would recommend submitting a copy of their baptismal certificate at the same time as the SIF to avoid any delays or queries.

Please ensure you clearly write any contact details on the top of the SIF in case we need to contact you regarding your SIF submission. The SIF form can be downloaded here.


How many children can attend St Edward’s in Year 7?

The Published Admissions Number for 2021-22 for Year 7 intake is 182. On average, St Edward’s receive between 500-550 applications for those 182 places each year.

Once the application window has closed, these are then ranked according to our Admissions Policy in the following order:

1. Looked After, or Previously Looked After children

2. Roman Catholic children, who have either completed their first Holy Communion or attended services monthly for 12 months prior to application*

3. Church of England children, who have been baptised and attended services monthly for 12 months prior to application*

4. Children who are members of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, including Baptist, Methodist, listed Orthodox, Pentecostal, United Reformed churches and Salvation Army churches. A full list can be found at

5. Children who meet another Christian Church’s for Faith Community’s criteria for membership/practice and have attended services at least monthly for 12 months prior to application*

6. Children not able to be submitted under the above five categories.

Once under Category 6, children are prioritised as follows:

1. Children of members of staff who have been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made or who have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

2. Children who have a sibling on roll and attending the school in years 7-13 at the proposed date of admission

3. Distance.


Can I secure a place at St Edward’s if I don’t go to church?

For 2020-21 applicants, the furthest Category 6 application that gained a place was 1.437 miles and 48 children were successful in obtaining a Category 6 place, based purely on distance.

If your child holds an Education, Health and Care Plan, we ask that you please contact our SENCo prior to application.


When do I find out my child’s school place?

National Allocation Day is 1st March 2021. From 10am on this day, you will be able view your child’s offered school and you will be asked to either accept or decline the offer and you have two weeks from the 1st March to do this.


What happens if my child does not get a place at their preferred school?

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at a higher preference school, your child’s name will be added to our waiting list, and the position will be determined by the same criteria as above. Therefore, please be aware that your child’s position can move up and down the list if someone later applies that meets a higher criteria. You are welcome to contact our Admissions Officer at any time to ask for your child’s position on the waiting list.

If you are successful in gaining a place at your first preference school, you will not be added to the waiting list at any of your lower preference schools.

For Year 7 applications, the waiting list is held until 31 December 2021. Names will only remain on the waiting list after this date if a written request is received.

In the event that an offer of a place is not made, you have the right to appeal the decision. You can only appeal a decision once an academic year and you cannot appeal if you have been offered a higher preference. Please contact our Admissions Officer if you wish to appeal the decision, and you will be sent the relevant paperwork.


APPLICATIONS FOR 2022-23 IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 – Evidence of Religious Practice

We would like to reassure all parents and carers that we are very conscious of the present situation and its effect on this aspect of our Admissions Policy, as lockdown has closed churches and thus has implication for the over-subscription criteria within St Edward’s Admission Policy.

In light of this, have been able to amend our 2022-23 Admissions Policy to reflect the closure of churches as follows:

In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church (or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship) has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of (these) admission arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church (or in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship) or alternative premises have been available for public worship.

The applications window for a place in our school from September 2022 opens on 1st September 2021 and the Supplementary Information Form will be available from that date.  Copies can be found on this website, the BCP Council website and in hard copy from our main reception.

Please contact if we can help you with any queries.

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Admissions Policy 2021/2022
Admissions Policy 2022/2023
Supplementary Information Form 2022/23

Parents to post or deliver their completed Supplementary Information Forms to Admissions at the school either via school reception, who will provide you with a receipt, or via email to If you choose to post your SIF to the school, we highly recommend that you use Special Delivery in order to guarantee its safe arrival as we cannot be held responsible for any forms that may be lost in transit.

Finally, a reminder that your completed SIF will need to be with us by 31st October 2021.

Download here

Waiting Lists

Where waiting lists are held, BCP Council will ensure any places that become available are offered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria within the published admissions policy of the school.

Waiting lists expire on the 31 August each year. Parents and carers must submit a new application if they wish their child to remain on the waiting list for the next academic year. Applications for a new waiting list can be submitted from 1 June each year.


Details of the over-subscription criteria can be found on page 2 of our Admissions policy.

Moving Schools or require further information?

If you would like to apply for a place mid year or require further information on Admissions for Years 7-11, please contact our Admissions Department on 01202 740950 or

Alternatively you can visit the Borough of Poole website at or contact Schools Admissions on 01202 261936 or email


Should it not be possible for you to gain a place for your child you may use the right to appeal.  If you wish to appeal for a place please contact our Admissions Department on 01202 740950 or email for an Appeal Application form and guidance notes.

Alternatively you can download the appeal form and appeal advice by clicking the links below.

Appeal Form – 2 Stage – Jan 2020 St Edward’s
School Appeal Advice 2020

Appeals Timetable for Secondary School places
Year 7 – September 2020

Offer letters posted to parents/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority
1 March 2020

Deadline for acceptance of offer by parent/carer
15 March 2020

Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal
12 April 2020

Appeal Hearing Dates
Between 7 May and 20 June 2020

  • 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.
  • Appeal are normally heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard in 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 dispatched to you and the Panel members at least 5 working 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 five school days of the end of the hearing
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

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