Admissions are dealt with by the Local Education Authority. Applications can be made by post, or online by visiting www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions. Guidance on how to make an application can be obtained from Admissions, County Hall, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ. Telephone: 01305 221060 or online, following the link above.
The deadline for applications for Year 7 for September 2018 is 31st October 2017.
For the normal admissions round for Year 7, where parents are applying for places before the closing date, then children living in the catchment area will normally be allocated a place at Twynham School, as will children who already have a brother or sister who attend school here.
Approximately two thirds of our children are from within our catchment area and the remaining places are offered to children living very close to the school, which is primarily the Tuckton/Southbourne area.
Our planned admission number was increased from 240 students to 264 students for Year 7 with effect from 1st September 2015. This increase will apply to each Year 7 group in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
We appreciate that starting a new school can be a daunting time for both parents and students. In addition to our Open Mornings and Induction Day, which we hope will go some way to allaying that feeling, some Year 7 students have created videos about their own experiences of transitioning to Secondary School; these are on the left of this page. We hope that these prove to be reassuring and helpful.
Our Catchment Area
Open Mornings take place during the autumn term of the year preceding that of admission, and are an opportunity for prospective parents to meet with students, senior staff and the Headteacher as well as to generally observe the culture of the school by viewing lessons and taking a tour of the school. To book a place, please contact the school directly on 01202 486237.
In the Spring and Summer terms prior to admission, members of our staff visit the primary schools and make themselves known to the students who will be joining the school in September. Detailed discussions take place with Year 6 primary school teachers, especially in terms of drawing up all-ability tutor groups for Year 7.
All new Year 7 students spend an Induction Day at Twynham School during the first week in July, meeting their new teachers and classmates and familiarising themselves with the school. At the end of the school day, parents will have the opportunity to meet with the Headteacher, Head of Year and tutors.
In addition to this, the first day of the school year in September is for Year 7 students only, to help them find their way around the site and settle into the school before the main body of students returns the following day.
Starting School in Years 8, 9 10, 11 or Mid-Year
If you wish to apply to the school for a place for a child in a year group other than Year 7, or for a Year 7 child other than through the normal Year 7 admissions process, then please do feel free to contact the school directly on 01202 486237.
Twynham Sixth Form
The Sixth Form has its own Admissions Policy and arrangements, which can be found on the Admissions page of the Sixth Form website or by clicking here.