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Dorset will be consulting on admission arrangements for 2019/2020 with effect from Monday, 2nd October 2017 to Friday, 10th November 2017. Details of the consultation will be available to view at


The key dates for the consultation are set out below.


Dorset LA consultation begins

2nd October 2017

Dorset LA consultation ends

10th November 2017

Own Admission Authorities (including Dorset LA) determine Admission Arrangements

28th February 2018

Own Admission Authorities (including Dorset LA) publish Admission Arrangements

15th March 2018

Deadline for Objections to Office of the School’s Adjudicator

15th May 2018

Catchment Area

Catchment Area 1


Please note that as an Academy we have appointed Dorset County Council to manage all aspects of Dorchester Middle School's admissions arrangements, on our behalf. Please see Dorsetforyou for details and contact the School Admissions Team if you have any questions.


Tel. 01305 221060 or email: 


SEN admission applications (for pupils who have a EHCP/Statement), including those pupils transferring from Year 4 to 5 or Year 8 to 9, have to be made via the Local Authority SEN admissions department.  All SEN admissions are made via consultation with the Local Authority.


The school will normally admit children living within its catchment area and tries to meet requests from out of catchment. The school can admit 150 pupils in each year group.


Details of the over-subscription criteria can be found in Section 2 of the admissions policy


Catchment Area - The Western side of the town of Dorchester - the dividing line will be Weymouth Road, Weymouth Avenue, South Street, North Square and Orchard Terrace.


The parishes of Cerne Abbas, Nether Cerne, Up Cerne, Godmanstone, Minterne Magna (except Middlemarsh) Whitcombe, Winterborne Herringston, Winterborne Monkton, Winterborne St Martin (Martinstown), Winterbourne Steepleton, Winterbourne Abbas and Compton Valence.


However, the Governors of the school, in consultation with the local education authority will be responsible for controlling admissions.


Should it not be possible for you to gain a place for your child you may use the right to appeal. Details may be obtained from Strategic Services, the Education Directorate, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester. You can also apply for a school place on line at Dorsetforyou.


In the event of the school being over-subscribed the following criteria would be used when deciding who should have priority of admission:


  1. Children living in the catchment area.
  2. Children who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
  3. Medical reasons