Damers First School is an Academy that is part of the Wessex Multi Academy Trust. For the purposes of admission arrangements, Dorset Council acts as the admission authority responsible for admission decisions in connection with the school.

Applying for a Reception Place to Start in 2023

There are two ways to apply, either on paper (click here to download the form) or online here.

You can apply for a reception place from 1 September 2022.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2023.  Any application or change made after this date will be classed as late and will not be considered until after the on-time round.

You will know the outcome:

  • on 17 April 2023 if you applied on time (by 15 January 2023)
  • on 12 May 2023 if you apply late (between 16 January and 16 April 2023)
  • from June onwards if you apply after 15 April 2023

If you applied online by 15 January 2023 you can log into your online account to view the result of your application.  You will also receive an email later in the day with your offer letter.

For more information about how to apply, see the Dorset Council’s parents’ guide.

Admissions Policies

You can find our Admissions Policies for 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 on our School Policies page.

In-Year Admissions

If you wish to apply for a place during the school year (in-year admission) you can apply either on paper (click here to download the form) or online here.  Should you wish to visit the school, please contact the school office on 01305 264924 to arrange an informal tour.

For information regarding the In-Year application process for those starting school in 2022, please click here, or for 2023, click here.  


The Local Authority will act on behalf of the school for all appeals regarding admissions.

For more information, including an online appeals form and an appeals timetables of dates, please see Dorset School Admission Appeals page.

Further Information

Further information about applying to a school in Dorset can be found on Dorset Council’s ‘Apply for a school place’ page.

School Admission Consultation

Dorset Council are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2024/2025 with effect from Monday 7th November 2022 to Sunday 18th December 2022.

Details of the consultation will be available to view at 2024 to 2025 school admission policies – Dorset Council

Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to by Sunday 18th December 2022.

Upon the conclusion of the consultation period all responses will be considered carefully and a report will be presented to Dorset Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 28th February 2023.