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School categories

There are 6 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
Page last updated: 02 May 2019
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