Magna Academy is a comprehensive academy with a community of about 900 students, presently oversubscribed. We have an excellent reputation locally and nationally as a place of learning with an outstanding academic record.

We recognise that choosing a place in secondary education for your child is an important decision and hope that our website captures the positive atmosphere and ethos of Magna Academy. Both our Prospectus and our Admissions Policy are accessible via links at the bottom of this page.

Applications for admission at the start of Year 7 are conducted by the Local Authority (Bournemouth , Christchurch and Poole Council: BCP) in the main round during the first half of the autumn term, when children are in Year 6.

Parents/Carers of students in Year 6 will receive information about the application process from their child’s current primary school. Parents/Carers are informed of places allocated by the Local Authority shortly after their list is published mid-March of each academic year.

Applications for September places in Year 7 that arrive on or after the start of the following March will continue to be managed by the Local Authority Admissions Team.

Admissions to Years 8 to 11 are conducted by the Local Authority admissions team. To apply, please contact the Local Authority on 01202 261936. For Sixth Form, please contact the Academy to apply directly.


The majority of our students join us at the beginning of Year 7, aged either 11 or 12, from the local primary schools.

Transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for everyone, although we recognise that some may feel apprehensive about the change. We work closely with students, parents/carers and primary schools to ensure that everyone settles quickly into academy life at Magna. This results in a caring and happy community, allowing students not only to achieve excellent academic standards but also to develop their self-worth, purpose and engagement to become responsible and successful young adults for the future.

In support we organise a series of transition based resources and events to encourage a smooth and positive transition into our secondary academy environment.


Our annual Open Evening takes place each September, but – outside ongoing coronavirus restrictions – there will also be opportunities to attend the academy for tours. If you would like to have a tour, please telephone us on 01202 604222 or email the Academy Office.

Admissions Events in 2020-2021

Process of Application for Year 7

To access BCP information on ‘Applying for a School Place for September 2021’ please click here.


31 October
The Local Authority Common Admissions Form (CAF: Secondary) must be completed and returned to the Local Authority for all admissions to Magna Academy Poole by this date.


1 March
Notification of Offer of Places:
Parents/Carers will be informed by Poole Local Authority (or their home authority if they do not live in Poole) which school they have been allocated in writing by a letter posted on this date. Parents/Carers receive a welcome letter from Magna Academy.
15 March
This is the last date on which parents/carers are asked to confirm their acceptance of the offer with the Local Authority in which they live. Parents/Carers receive an acceptance letter, welcome pack and online entry form from Magna Academy.
1 April
Deadline for lodging an on-time admission appeal. The Admissions Appeal Form can be downloaded here.
Between 4 May and 30 June
Appeal hearing dates.
Parents/Carers will receive a transition letter outlining the process of events, resources to be received and the transition handbook.
Transition events commence. Please note that these events are subject to change due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Click here for:
Advice for parents and guardians on school admission appeals


Additional Information

  1. Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, and in line with legislation, all appeals lodged before 30 September 2021 are being heard based on written information only.
  2. Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.
  3. You will receive at least 14 calendar days’ notice of your appeal hearing date.
  4. Appeals are normally heard during the daytime on weekdays and are not normally heard during school holidays unless essential to avoid unnecessary delays.
  5. Where there are a number of parents/carers all appealing for places at the same school, the hearings may go over a number of days.
  6. The school’s case will be dispatched to parents/carers and Panel members at least 7 calendar days before the start of the appeal hearing.
  7. The Panel will set a deadline for any additional evidence to be received.
  8. Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent, where possible, within 7 calendar days of the end of the hearing. During busy periods, such as main entry, full decision letters may take longer than this, so the Clerk will send a brief decision summary letter in the interim.
  9. Appeal hearings for in-year places will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable, based on written information only.


Where next

Transition to Magna

We fully appreciate and recognise that some things will be different for when students join us at Magna Academy and that change can be both…

Transition to Magna

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