Admissions

The school caters for children in the Charmouth, Monkton Wyld, Wootton Fitzpaine, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Ryall and Morcombelake areas as well as from further afield from the ages of 3 – 11 years. There is invariably pressure for places at the school and so it is important for parents to apply for a reception place via Dorset Council before the deadline for applications.

As a Local Authority Maintained school, the Dorset Council Admissions Policy applies; please see the link below for school admissions. Children can join the school in any year group when there is space. Families are encouraged to contact Dorset Council who manage the admissions for the school.

Dorset Maintained Schools Admissions Policy 2021-22

Dorset Maintained Schools Admissions Arrangements 2022-23

Dorset Council – Admissions Arrangements for Community and VC Schools 2023-24

Website: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Email: admissions@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 221060

The school manages admissions for the Nursery. We offer termly intakes for children to start the term after their third birthday. Criteria for admissions is outlined in the policy below. Please see the Nursery page or contact the school for further information.

Nursery Admissions Policy

We welcome visits to help you get a real feel for the school and help you make the best decision for your child/ren. Whenever possible, Mrs Laura Cornish, headteacher, will meet with families and take them on a tour of the school; please contact the school office on the details below if you would like to arrange a visit.

School Admission Arrangements 2024 to 2025 Consultation

Dorset are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2024/2025 with effect from Monday 7th November 2022 to Sunday 18th December 2022.

Details of the consultation will be available to view at 2024 to 2025 school admission policies – Dorset Council

Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to schoolorganisation@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk by Sunday 18th December 2022.

Upon the conclusion of the consultation period all responses will be considered carefully and a report will be presented to Dorset Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 28th February 2023.

The key dates for the consultation are set out below:

Dorset LA consultation begins 7th November 2022
Dorset LA consultation ends 18th December 2022
Own Admission Authorities (including Dorset LA) determine 2024-2025 Admission Arrangements by: 28th February 2023
Own Admission Authorities (including Dorset LA) publish 2024-2025 Admission Arrangements by:

Own Admission Authorities to send a copy of their 2024-2025 Admission Arrangements to Dorset Council by:

15th March 2023
Deadline for Objections to Office of the School’s Adjudicator 15th May 2023

Want to contact us?

Feel free to give us a call during school hours, or send us an email using the address provided.

Please contact Niamh Vercoe or Georgie Morton in the school office.


Charmouth Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment procedures are followed for staff and regular volunteers and visitors.

Charmouth Primary School