There are six categories of school in Poole:
- Academy: these schools are responsible for their own admission arrangements and are funded directly by central government.
- Community: these are maintained by the local authority. The local authority admissions policy is used.
- Voluntary Aided: these schools are jointly supported by church Diocesan Boards and the local authority and are responsible for their own admission policy.
- Voluntary Controlled: these were originally set up by voluntary bodies such as the Church of England or Roman Catholic Church and are maintained by the local authority. The local authority admissions policy is used.
- Foundation: these schools, although maintained by the local authority, are responsible for their own admission policy.
- Independent: these operate on a fee paying basis and cover a variety of age ranges. Any application for a place should be made direct to the school as the local authority has no involvement in the admission arrangements for these schools.
How education is organised in Poole
There are several phases of schools in Poole:
- Infant (Year R to 2)
- Junior (Year 3 to 6)
- Primary (Year R to 6)
- First (Year R to 4) in the Broadstone and Merley area
- Middle (Year 5 to 8) in the Broadstone and Merley area
- Secondary (Year 7 to 13) or Year 9 to 13 in the Broadstone and Merley area