Children living in the Parish of Thornford and Beer Hackett, known as Thornhackett, are in the catchment area of Thornford School.

The planned admission limit for our school each year is 15 pupils (this is called the PAN number).

Usually new pupils to our Reception Class need to apply by mid-January of the year you wish to apply (please visit the web-site for exact dates & details). We warmly welcome prospective parents to an ‘Open Day’ at the end of September to come and view our lovely village school. However, you are welcome to make an appointment during anytime within the Autumn Term by contacting our office.

Thornford School receives pupils into the reception class once a year, in September. The children very quickly ‘phase-in’ to full-time (if this is appropriate for your child).

Oversubscription arrangements – If our PAN number (15 pupils within each year group) or our stated class sizes (no more than 30 pupils within a KS1 class or 32 within each KS2 class) or our ‘Asset Management Plan’ safe number of pupils (105 on roll), is exceeded then the school will instruct the local authority to refuse a place at our school. Parents / carer have the right of ‘appeal’. This is a very simple process which involves the local authority (on behalf of Thornford Church School) and the parent / carer. In the first instance if a parent / carer is thinking of appealing please contact our ‘Sherborne Area Local Authority Admissions Officer’ on 01305 221060, who will explain this process and be able to answer any relevant questions. Alternatively, contact the school using the details from our home page.

Any family not living in the catchment area wishing to apply to the school should do so by first visiting the school and then applying to the Admissions Officer, Education Offices, County Hall, Dorchester. DT1 1XJ.

Please click here to apply for a place online & find out more information about the admission process, appeals, contacts etc.

If you stil require more guidance of how to apply to join our Church School, please simply contact our office 01935 872706, who well be able to help.

Our latest ‘Admission Policy’ is available on the SAST website here.

SAST 2019-2020 Supplementary Information Form


Admissions Consultation

Dear Parents, Carers and Stakeholders,

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust is the admissions authority for all schools within the Trust.  Under section 1.42 of the Schools Admission Code 2014, SAST schools are obliged to consult with parents, carers and other stakeholders about the content of its Admissions Policy, irrespective of the policy being changed, at least every seven years.  This consultation must be for a minimum period of 6 weeks and should take place between 1 October and 31 January.

There have been no substantial changes to the Admissions Policy since the last consultation in December 2018 in terms of criteria for entry.  However, we have added to the list of SAST schools as we have had new schools join in 2019 and we have also listed the feeder schools for The Gryphon School, Sherborne and King Arthurs School, Wincanton for information.

With regard to the changes described above, you are respectfully invited to review this updated 2021/22 policy and provide any comments directly to the Trust by email or by post to the following address by 17th January 2019:

Steve Hillier, CEO

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust

St. Aldhelm’s House, c/o The Gryphon School

Bristol Road


Dorset   DT9 4EQ

Proposed SAST Schools Admissions Policy 2021-22

Proposed SAST Schools Admissions Policy 2021-2022Download
The SAST Admissions policy can be accessed via the school office or via the SAST website.

Thank you for taking part in this consultation.

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