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Sturminster Marshall First School
High Street, Wimborne,BH21 4AY
01258 857348


Parents of prospective pupils are welcome to visit the school prior to their child's admission. Attendance at the Pre-School, sited in the school grounds, is encouraged, as we liaise closely to ensure that transition into school is made as easily as possible for the children.

Since September 1991, parents have had the right to request a place in the school of their choice, regardless of whether the preferred school would normally serve the area in which they live. Governors have agreed to follow the New Admissions Policy set down by Dorset County Council. Parents have a right of appeal if refused a place at the School.

Since September 1997, there has been a single entry date in September for all children aged 4+ who are starting school for the first time. Children who reach 5 years of age during the academic year (i.e. between 01 September and 31 August) will be admitted in September as part-time pupils, and will become full-time after Christmas.

Requests for admission for children living outside the catchment area of the school should be addressed to:

The Admissions Section, Children's Services, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ Tel: 01305 251000

See Dorset LEA -Admissions Policy


This is the beginning of a partnership in which we are committed to do the best for you and your child. Our aim is to create a happy and secure environment, where your child is encouraged to achieve his or her potential.

We value our village school and all the people connected with it and we recognise that the school has an important part to play in the community, where we benefit from the goodwill and support of the parents and village residents. We are also fortunate in having a pre-school on site, creating an easy transition into school which enables children to settle quickly and build on the learning that has already taken place in their pre-school years.

We believe in high quality education, and during a visit by a County Inspector for Dorset Education Authority Pupil and School Improvement Service, it was stated that:

"This is a successful school where there is a clear determination that all pupils will achieve to the best of their ability within a happy and productive learning environment, underpinned by good teamwork and clear leadership."

This web site is intended to be an initial introduction to our school. If you would like to visit the school, or require more detailed information, please contact me, as it is important to discuss anything which may affect your child's progress in school.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child.

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