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Emmanuel Middle School


Admission Information

Consultation on admissions arrangements for September 2025

Initio Learning Trust is consulting on the admissions arrangements for September 2025.

For full details, please see the consultation notice and proposed admissions policy below.

All responses will be fully considered before the admissions policy for September 2025 is determined.

The consultation period will run from 14 December 2023 to 25 January 2024.

Important Information For Parents Concerning School Admissions

We welcome applications from parents for their children to join our school at any time. 

Applications should be made to Dorset School Admissions as per the instructions below.

Parents are asked to note the following information regarding School Admission Arrangements:

Emmanuel CE Middle School is a member of the Initio Learning Trust partnership of schools, for which the Admission Authority is the ‘Academy Trust’. This is a vibrant and exciting family of schools, driven to provide high quality education and to fully support the local and wider community. The ‘day to day’ administration of admission applications and admission decisions are delegated to the School Academy Committee, whose Admissions Committee will consider every application fairly and reasonably in accordance with the Admission Arrangements set out below.

For further information concerning Initio Learning Trust admissions please click here.


Our school admits children between the ages of 9 and 13 (Year 5 – Year 8) in accordance with the Dorset Education Authority policy. Priority is given to families living in or transferring to the area normally served by our school but we do take a percentage of children outside of our catchment area.

If you live outside this area and would prefer your child to attend Emmanuel Middle School you will be considered under the Authority’s policy on parental preferences. Please do not hesitate to contact Dorset School Admissions, who will advise you of the procedure to follow.

We are always delighted to show parents/carers around the school and answer any questions you might have. Please telephone the school office on 01202 828100 to arrange a tour and meet a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

All applications to attend Emmanuel Middle School should be made via School Admissions at Dorset Council. Please visit the School Admissions pages on the Dorset For You website where details about applying for a school place, policies, catchment areas and contact details can be found here

Telephone queries can be made on 01305 221060.

Click here to apply on-line for a school place.

If you prefer, you can print the form, complete it by hand and send it by post to the Admissions Team at Dorset Council.

School Admission Team
Strategic Services
County Hall
Colliton Park

A Parent’s Guide to Admissions 2024-2025:
A guide to applying for a school place for the academic year 2024/25 can be found here.

Pupil Admission Number (PAN)
This is the maximum number of pupils that the Dorset Admissions Team allocates to the school’s pupil intake year. The pupil admission number at Emmanuel Middle School is 124 pupils in years 5, 6, and 7 and 8.

Appeals Process
Should the total number of applications for a year group exceed the PAN, and your application is rejected, you can make an appeal to an Appeals Panel. Click here for further information and to start the appeals process.

School Catchment/Local Services
If you are moving into the area, and wish to know whether a particular address falls into the catchment area of our school, click here and enter your postcode. The schools serving your postcode will be listed – as well as details of all local services serving the address.