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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

Admissions to Parley First School & Moving on to Middle School

Our school admits children between the ages of 4 and 9 (Reception to Year 4) in accordance with the Dorset Education Authority policy.  Priority is given to families living in or transferring to the area normally served by our school.

If you live outside this area and would prefer your child to attend Parley First School you will be considered under the Authority’s policy on parental preferences.  Please do not hesitate to contact Dorset School Admissions, who will advise you of the procedure to follow. 

All applications for school places must be made through the Local Authority where you live.

Applications into established year groups should also be made via the local authority.  Application forms can be downloaded from their website via the following link:

Full details about admission can be obtained from:

Dorset Schools Admission Team
Strategic Services
County Hall
Colliton Park
Tel: (01305) 221060

Admissions into Reception Class

In Dorset there is a single entry date in September for all 4+ aged children.  All children who are 4 by 31 August will be eligible to start school in September.

Reception children are entitled to attend school full time from September however we offer the choice of a period of part-time attendance (i.e. mornings only).  At Parley this may be part time until October half term or until the start of the Spring term.

The statutory age for full-time education in England is the term following a child’s fifth birthday.

What happens next?

There is a strict timetable for applications.  For further details we recommend that you read the Parents Guide on the Dorset For You Schools Admissions website.

Be advised that if you send in late applications your child's school maybe full and unable to offer your child a place.

At the start of the Summer Term, once we have received a final list of accepted places from the Local Authority, you will begin to receive communication from us.  During June each year an evening is arranged for parents to meet the Early Years teachers, the Headteacher, members of POPS (our PTA) and the Governing Body.  The evening will involve presentations, curriculum displays and a tour of the Reception Unit and whole school.  We are always pleased to answer questions or discuss particular issues with you while refreshments are served.

Pre-School Visits

Pre-school visits take place late in the Summer Term.  One afternoon, for two consecutive weeks the children are invited to share a wide variety of activities in the classroom becoming familiar with their new surroundings and staff.  Essentially it is a time for the children and staff to get to know each other.  Children will also become more familiar with the environment. 

The Move to Middle School

Children living within the school catchment area usually transfer after Year 4 to Ferndown Middle School.

Transferring to middle school is a major event in a child’s education.  Staff from Parley First School and Ferndown Middle School liaise very closely to ensure that the transfer is happy and successful for all pupils.  A well established transfer programme takes place during Year 4.  This involves pupils, staff and parents who will have opportunities to meet middle school staff and to familiarise themselves with the school buildings.


The Ferndown Pyramid of Schools

Our school is proud to belong to the Ferndown Pyramid of Schools.  The Ferndown Pyramid is a well established community providing a rich environment for each stage of learning.  Close liaison between the schools ensures continuity and progression within the curriculum when children move on to their next school.

The Ferndown Pyramid of Schools share common aims and values.  Policies are developed collaboratively to ensure all pupils experience consistent attitudes and support throughout their education in Ferndown.


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