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The admission policy follows that laid down by the Sherborne Area Schools Trust (SAST). Please click on the link below for more information:


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Guidance for Parents of new entrants in Reception

Admission Form for Sherborne Primary School

Information for New Parents 2020

Admissions Guide 2021-22

Starting Secondary or Upper school Letter for parents September 2022

School Admissions Application poster 2021 2022

Useful Links


ALL of Sherborne Primary School’s admission (and selection) are conducted through our local authority based at Dorset County Council (see web-link below)

The children start at the beginning of the school year in which they are five. All children can start school full time, but parents can request part time arrangements for any period until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Good liaison exists between school and the local playgroups. Staff regularly visit these playgroups, and the playgroup leaders also visit us. Children due to start are brought to school for at least one afternoon as an introduction. There is a parents’ meeting for the new entrants to answer queries and it includes a tour of the school at work. The school admission limit is 48 children per academic year group and providing the year group is not oversubscribed then places can be offered to children living outside the catchment area.

Those parents residing outside the catchment should apply to the School Admissions Officer at County Hall for forms. Local parents should inform the school as early as they can to seek a place for their child.

If year groups are over subscribed their access to a place at Sherborne Primary might still be obtained through an appeals process. If more than one applicant applies for a place, then our Admission Officer at Dorset County Council will support families through this process.

All contact details and admissions criteria can be obtained using the link below. You are also welcome to contact our office for any support or information.


Class allocation

At the end of each summer term parents are advised of the class into which their child will be moving. Each child is discussed with their current teacher to ensure that they are placed in the class that will benefit them in the forthcoming academic year.