Dorset schools and catchments

Dorset Council has 156 primary schools and 46 secondary schools. 11% of Dorset's schools are private schools. 50 state schools in Dorset follow the local authority's admissions criteria, while 113 set their own.

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Ofsted ratings
in Dorset

  1. Outstanding 28 schools
  2. Good 93 schools
  3. Requires Improvement 24 schools
  4. Inadequate 14 schools

Most popular state schools
in Dorset in 2019

  1. Primary
  2. Secondary



Popularity is based on the number of first preference applications a school received compared to the number of places available, where we have this data. Where places available data isn't held, first preferences are compared to the number of offers made.

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Also see Dorset's Ofsted reports and school performance dashboard