Find out about the review of school catchment areas.
The Borough of Poole is responsible for the catchment areas of all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools. The Governing Body of each of the Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools control its own admission arrangements, including catchment areas.
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 (for applications for September 2016 onwards)
- Canford Heath Infant School (for applications for September 2016 onwards)
- Canford Heath Junior School (for applications for September 2016 onwards)
- Haymoor Junior School (for applications for September 2016 onwards)
- Magna Academy Poole
- Ocean Academy Poole
- Parkstone Grammar School
- Poole Grammar School
- Stanley Green Infant Academy (for applications for September 2016 onwards)
- St Edward’s RC CE Secondary School
- St Joseph’s Primary School
- St Mary’s Primary School
To find out how the admissions policies for these schools work, you can read the Admissions Policies for 2016/17 and 2015/16.
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
Hamworthy Park Junior School
Heatherlands Primary School
Hillbourne Primary School
Lilliput CE VC Infant School
Longfleet CE VC Primary School
Merley First School
Oakdale Junior School
Old Town Infant School and Nursery
Poole High School and Poole High School (for Admissions from 2017/18)
Springdale First School
St Aldhelms Academy
Sylvan Infant School
Talbot Primary School
Turlin Moor Community School
Twin Sails Infant School and Nursery