If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. We are always happy to give you and your child(ren) a tour of the school, please contact the school office on 01258 860530 to arrange an appointment.

Dorset Council administer this process on behalf of the school. Click on the link below to obtain the relevant information and apply online.  Alternatively, you can contact them by phone on 01305 221060.

School Admissions Policy

The school aims to provide a place for all children whose address is within the designated area, defined as being the area within the ecclesiastical boundaries of the parish of Okeford Fitzpaine. Designated area means the area of benefit as defined in the school’s Trust Deed.

The address is the place where the child is permanently resident with his or her parent or parents or legal guardians. Evidence may be requested to show the address, for example: to which any Child Benefit is paid or at which the child is registered with a medical GP together with recent utilities bill, council tax bill or tenancy agreement. This evidence will be used when reaching a decision on the child’s home address for admissions purposes (including where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility for each part of the week). Parents should not assume that a place will automatically be allocated to their child.

Dorset Council
School Admission Information

Admissions Consultation

Dear Parents, Carers and Stakeholders,

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust is the admissions authority for all schools within the Trust.  Under section 1.42 of the Schools Admission Code 2014, SAST schools are obliged to consult with parents, carers and other stakeholders about the content of its Admissions Policy, irrespective of the policy being changed, at least every seven years.  This consultation must be for a minimum period of 6 weeks and should take place between 1 October and 31 January.

There have been no substantial changes to the Admissions Policy since the last consultation in December 2018 in terms of criteria for entry.  However, we have added to the list of SAST schools as we have had new schools join in 2019 and we have also listed the feeder schools for The Gryphon School, Sherborne and King Arthurs School, Wincanton for information.

With regard to the changes described above, you are respectfully invited to review this updated 2021/22 policy and provide any comments directly to the Trust by email.

Steve Hillier, CEO
Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust
St. Aldhelm’s House, c/o The Gryphon School
Bristol Road
Dorset   DT9 4EQ
Proposed SAST Schools Admissions Policy 2021-22

The SAST Admissions policy can be accessed via the school office or via the SAST website.
Thank you for taking part in this consultation.

Contact Us

For more information or to get in touch:

01258 860530
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