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School Catchment Areas

The Borough of Poole is responsible for the catchment areas of all Community schools. Academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools control its own admission arrangements, including catchments. 

What is your catchment school?

To find out which school catchment an address falls within you can use our school catchment search.

If you need to know the catchment school for a non-Borough of Poole contact Dorset County Council or Bournemouth Borough Council.

The majority of schools in Poole continue to have catchment areas.

Living within a school’s catchment area does not guarantee that all children within a school’s catchment area will be able to be offered a place at the catchment school.

The following schools do not have catchment areas: 

  • Ad Astra Infant School 
  • Canford Heath Infant School
  • Canford Heath Junior School
  • Hamworthy Park Junior School (applications for September 2018 onwards) 
  • Haymoor Junior School
  • Magna Academy Poole
  • Ocean Academy Poole
  • Parkstone Grammar School
  • Poole Grammar School
  • Stanley Green Infant Academy
  • St Edward’s RC CE Secondary School
  • St Joseph’s Primary School
  • St Mary’s Primary School
  • Twin Sails Infant School (applications for September 2018 onwards)

To find out how the admissions policies for these schools work, you can read the Admissions Policies for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

You should not assume that your home is in the catchment area of the school that is nearest to your home address.

If you are considering moving to or within the Borough of Poole it is recommended that prior to purchasing or renting a property a check is made with the School Admissions Team on the availability of school places.  

Admission authorities are not permitted to reserve places for pupils who may move into a school’s catchment area after it has filled to its Published Admission Number.

You should not take information given out by Estate Agents or any third party as to the catchment area school for a particular road or address as being in any way accurate. 

If you are in any doubt about the catchment area school for a particular property you should consult the Borough of Poole, either by using the Borough’s website or by contacting the School Admissions Team.

Catchment Area Maps

Baden Powell and St Peters Junior School

Bearwood Primary and Nursery School

Bishop Aldhelm's Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School Local Authority Catchment Map

Bishop Aldhelm's Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School Parish Catchment Map

Branksome Heath Junior School

Broadstone First School

Broadstone Middle School

Carter Community School

Corfe Hills School

Courthill School

Hamworthy Park Junior School

Heatherlands Primary School

Hillbourne Primary School

Lilliput CE Infant School

Longfleet CE Primary School

Manorside Academy

Merley First School

Oakdale Junior School

Old Town Infant School and Nursery

Poole High School

Springdale First School

St Aldhelms Academy

Sylvan Infant School

Talbot Primary School

Turlin Moor Community School

Twin Sails Infant School and Nursery

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