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Cerne Abbas CE VC 1st School is a maintained school that is part of Dorset Council. Dorset Council is the admissions authority for the school.


Admissions Policy


Below is the school's admissions policy for this academic year as well as the admissions policy for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

Each admissions policy states our oversubscription policy.




In Year Applications


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.


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



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


School Catchment Area


You can find an interactive map of the school catchment area through Dorset for You:


Dorset for you Catchment map

Important Admission Dates for 2021-2022


February 28thDate by which governors must determine admission arrangements every year.

February 28th 


The governors must publish the determined admission arrangements on the school website and keep it on the website until the end of the offer year.
March 15th

Date by which determined arrangements are sent to the Local Authority.

May 15thDeadline for Objections to Office of the School's Adjudicator.
January 15th National closing date for primary school applications.
April 19th National offer day for primary schools.



More Information


You can find more information about admissions through the Dorset Council Schools and Learning page including

  • How to apply,
  • admissions policies,
  • in-year admissions arrangements,
  • appeal guidance and timetables, 
  • information on any feeder schools and
  • contact details for the Dorset Admissions Team.


Please follow the link below:


Schools and Learning - Dorset Council


Parents Guide to School admissions 2022-23


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