Do you have a child starting school in Reception in September 2023 or at another time ('in year') and would like to visit our school and/or find out more information?

If you do wish to arrange a visit or ask some questions then please do contact us either by email via or by telephone on 01202 424585.  Similarly, if you wish to discuss anything specific relating to your child, again please make contact with us. We will be pleased to help you. 


Admissions to our School - In Year and Main Entry

Children are admitted to Stourfleld Infant School according to the criteria set out in our Admissions Policy. Although we are part of a Multi Academy Trust and Twynham Learning is the Admissions Authority, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Admissions to administer any applications for a place at our school. The school's Published Admissions Number is 120.

More information and details on how to apply for a school place, whether in-year or as part of the main entry to our Reception Year, can be found on the BCP Council website at School admissions (

Parents wishing to visit the school prior to making their application or accepting an offer of a school place for their child, are most welcome and should contact the school office to arrange an appointment at or 01202 424585.

Please find a copy of our Admissions Policy and Appeal documents below.

Timetable for Admission into our Reception Year for September 2023

For parents/carers applying for a place for their child to start in the Reception Year 2023, a diary of important dates is set out in the table below.

Closing date for on-time applications (on-line and paper) to be received by Bournemouth Borough Council (Admissions Team)

Sunday 15th January 2023

Offer letters sent to parers/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority

Monday 17th April 2023

Deadline for acceptance of offer by parents/carers

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

If you wish to apply for delayed entry to Reception for summer-born children, the Policy and Application Form for Delayed Admission to Reception can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Catchment Area

Please see the map at the bottom of this page which details our Catchment Area, and a document listing all the road names which fall within this. However, residence within the catchment area does not ensure that a place at the school is offered.

Applicants are ranked by distance to the school within each admission category and if places are oversubscribed and/or the school is full in the appropriate year group, the school will not be able to offer a place.


For infant class size appeals, the law only allows very limited grounds upon which an Appeal Panel is allowed to uphold an appeal and offer a place.

In 1998, the Government introduced legislation under the Schools Standard and Framework Act (SSFA 1998) which limits the size of an infant class to 30 pupils with a single school teacher for Reception Year, Year One and Year Two. There are some exceptions allowed by law to this and all the necessary information can be obtained in the 'School Admission Appeals - A Guide for Parents' below.

All appeals information can be found on the BCP website link below:


Appeal Timetable For Admission to Reception Year in September 2023 (For The Academic Year 2023/2024)

Offer letters sent to parents/carers on National Offer Day by Local Authority

Monday 17th April 2023

Deadline for acceptance of offer by parents/carers

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal


Appeal Dates



  • In line with the Covid-19 legislation, all appeals lodged before 30 September 2022 are being heard based on written information only.
  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.
  • You will receive at least 14 calendar days’ notice of your appeal hearing date.
  • Appeals are heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not heard during school holidays.
  • Where there are multiple appeals for places at the same school, the hearings may go over a number of days.
  • The school’s case will be made available to parents and Panel members at least 7 calendar days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  • The Panel will set a deadline for any additional evidence to be received.
  • Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 7 calendar days of the end of the hearing.  During busy periods, such as main entry, full decision letters may take longer than this, so the Clerk will send a brief decision summary email in the interim.
  • Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable, based on written information only.

The BCP Council School Admissions Appeals website is given below:




Please note that hard copies of any policies or forms can be obtained from the school office.

Key Documents:

Starting School

Starting School Guide

School Nursing Team New Parents Presentation

If you have any questions, please telephone the school office on 01202 424585.