St Mary’s CE VC First School
Charminster, Dorchester


Each admissions policy states our oversubscription policy.
In Year Admissions

All in year applications should be made through Dorset Admissions.

We encourage you to contact the school if you are interested in viewing the school. We will then arrange for the Headteacher to show you around the school and answer any questions that you may have. We can also give you any relevant documentation.

The following Dorset Council guidance also has further information in in year applications.

Appeals   The Local Authority will act on behalf of the school for all appeals regarding admissions.

For more information, including an online appeals form and an appeals timetables of dates, please see Dorset School Admission Appeals page on Dorset for You.


Dorset Council School Admission Appeals

We are always happy to help you and answer any questions.

All children have a statutory right to be admitted to school at the beginning of the school term following their fifth birthday. In Dorset children may start school at the beginning of the school year in which they are five (the school year is from 1st September to 31st August).

During the first term, parents can choose whether to send their children on a part-time or full-time basis. Normally children then attend on a full-time basis of five days a week from January.

At the end of Year 4 our children transfer to a middle school. For those living in our catchment area this is usually St Osmund’s CE (Aided) Middle School in Dorchester.