SCHOOL place applications in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole for September 2022 are now open.

Parents and guardians are being urged to apply for school places online via the BCP Council website.

If your child is due to start school or transfer to a junior, middle secondary or upper secondary school in September 2022 then you can register for a place now.

Application deadlines for children attending secondary or upper secondary school are fast approaching with the published closing date of October 31, 2021.

The closing date for admission to reception and junior or middle school is January 15, 2022.

The council strongly recommends that parents take the opportunity to visit schools to see what they can offer their child before making their application.

There are 96 schools across the conurbation and the council urges parents to express four school preferences as this will maximise the chances of being offered one you choose, though there is no guarantee.

You must apply to the local authority where you live, even if the schools you are applying for are in another area.

You must have your own email address to create an account and apply online. All late applications after the closing date must be made using the paper form.