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Some nurseries and childminders will take children from the age of 6 weeks old.

Pre-Schools and Play Groups will take children from 2 years old.

Joining a School


Your child must be in full-time education at the start of the term following their 5th Birthday.  They will remain in full time education until the end of the school year in which they have their 16th Birthday.

Reception Class & Primary School

Your child will join a reception class at age 5 and stay in primary school until the age of 11 years old (Year 6).  They will then move onto Secondary School

Secondary School

Your child will join Secondary School (year 7) at the age of 11-12 years old and continue on there until the age of 15-16 (Year 11)

Higher Education (6th Form & College)


Young people from the age of 16 can make the decision to either stay on in education or start working.  If your child decides to stay on in education they can either apply to 6th Form at a school, college or University

Adult Education 

A variety of study courses for adults (18 years or over) take place in local schools, community organisations, colleges and universities. Some courses may be free or you may have to pay for them. Sometimes you can get financial support while you study; the course provider can tell you more about this. There are courses on basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic, work related courses, hobbies and other subjects up to postgraduate level.

Learning English

There are many language schools in the Bournemouth area and a few in the Poole area.  Please click on the links on the right hand side to find where these schools are.

Alternatively, if you are a resident of Bournemouth and Poole you can apply to access an ESOL programme. The aim of the ESOL programme is to give students the language skills and understanding to cope in everyday life, the community and workplace.  All ESOL programmes are government funded.  Please click on the right hand link for more information.

Other useful information:

School league tables - A set of statistics used to compare the performance of schools.

Ofsted reports - Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates institutions in England providing education to learners of all ages and providers of care for children and young people.

Financial help

If you can't find the information you are looking for here, please contact Bournemouth or Poole Citizens Advice Bureau.