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We very much welcome enquiries from prospective families with children in all year groups and are happy to help with all aspects of the admissions process.

We are now able to book tours of our wonderful school, which will allow you to appreciate the school ethos and the many opportunities our children are able to enjoy - we can't wait to show you around!  Please note that we are able to take applications for children from both our catchment and out-of-catchment areas.

If you would like a tour please contact the school office on 01929 552949 or and we will be delighted to make an appointment for you to visit.

We have two forms of entry to Sandford St. Martin’s Primary School – we can offer both normal Reception class entry each September, and In-Year Transfers (for all age groups) throughout the year.  All our admissions are dealt with centrally by the Dorset Admissions team – all their information on the process is available on this page


Reception Class Entry

Applications for Reception admissions officially start in the September prior to entry, with all applications going through the admissions portal.  Please note that if you are not resident in the Dorset Council area you will need to apply through your local council and specify Sandford St Martin’s as your school of choice.

We also run Open Days and are happy to arrange individual tours of the school throughout the year.

Key Dates:

September 2023- Online application portal opens for Dorset Council area residents

January 2024- Deadline to submit your online application via the Dorset Council website

April 2024 – National Offer Day.  If you applied online you will be able to log on and view your offer.  You will also receive an email from Dorset Council Admissions.  Shortly after this you will receive a letter and a Registration pack from ourselves.

June 2024 – we run our New Parents’ Information Evening and also our Stay and Play sessions for the children.

Please read our admissions policy, which covers our full admissions criteria – a copy of this is on our admissions page here:]


In-Year Admissions

We do currently have places available in most year groups and our team are experienced in welcoming new children into their classes throughout the school year.

What is the process?

  • In the first instance, please contact our office team at or 01929 552949 and we will be happy to take your details and arrange for you to speak to one of our leadership team.  
  • All applications for admission at any other time than normal entry into Reception should be made via an In-Year Application on the Dorset Council website (whether you currently reside in Dorset or not).  
  • Through the school office you will be able to arrange visits, trial days and ask any questions you might have.  We will also send you our full Information Pack and internal registration forms.

Please read our admissions policy, which covers our full admissions criteria – a copy of this is on our admissions page here:]



Why Choose Sandford St Martin’s?

Choosing the right primary school for your child is a significant decision. We're excited to share why Sandford St. Martin’s is the perfect choice:

  • Exceptional Staff: We take pride in our wonderful team of dedicated educators who go the extra mile to nurture and support every child's unique needs. Our staff are passionate about creating a warm, inclusive environment where children can thrive both academically and emotionally.
  • Outstanding Behaviour: We believe in cultivating a positive and respectful school environment. Good behaviour is at the core of our values, promoting discipline, responsibility, and empathy among our children. We are thrilled that this was recognised by Ofsted, who have rated Sandford St. Martin’s as OUTSTANDING for Behaviour and Attitudes.
  • Large and Modern Grounds: We are fortunate to benefit from expansive grounds and a modern school building. These well-maintained, spacious surroundings provide an ideal backdrop for learning, outdoor activities, sports, and exploration, enhancing the overall educational experience.
  • Ofsted Rating of Good: We are very proud that Ofsted has recognised the many amazing qualities of our school. We were inspected by Ofsted in November 2022 with an overall rating of GOOD with OUTSTANDING features. This reflects our commitment to maintaining high educational standards and support for every child. Read out Ofsted report here
  • Feeder School for Lytchett Minster: We are delighted to be a feeder school for the highly regarded and much sort after Lytchett Minster secondary school. In 2023, first choice applications were over-subscribed by more than 20%. All first-choice applications from children at Sandford St. Martin’s received their place. Our strong partnership ensures a seamless transition as your child progresses through their academic career.
  • Excellent Pastoral Care: We understand the importance of emotional well-being alongside academic success. Sandford St. Martin’s commitment to pastoral care ensures that every child feels safe, valued, and empowered to grow not only as learners but as individuals.
  • Active Forest School: At Sandford St. Martin’s, we take learning outside the classroom with our beautiful Forrest School, situated within the school grounds. This nature-based initiative, with FSA qualified staff, fosters a deep connection to the environment, encouraging your child to develop valuable skills, build resilience, and enjoy outdoor exploration. Read about our Forest School here
  • Vibrant After-School Clubs: Our commitment to your child's holistic development extends beyond the school day. We offer a diverse range of after-school clubs, both sporting and creative, providing opportunities for your child to explore their interests and passions.


In summary, with passionately believe that Sandford St. Martin’s is the ideal choice for parents seeking a nurturing and enriching educational environment.

If you would like to more, please contact us at or on 01929 552949, and we will be delighted to answer your questions or make an appointment for you to visit.