Primary school places allocated for 2022

Primary school places allocated for 2022

All families who applied for a reception school place in Bristol have been allocated one for September 2022, with 99 per cent being offered one of their top three choices.

19 April 2022

Today (Tuesday 19 April) families across Bristol are receiving offers of primary school places for September 2022.

Out of the 4,844 families applying for a primary school place in Bristol:

  • 92 per cent (4,458) have been offered their first preference school, up from 89 per cent in 2021 (4,544).
  • only 51 (one per cent) didn’t get an offer from their top three schools, a decrease again this year compared to 86 in 2021 and 129 in 2010.

There were 277 fewer applications this year, with 4,844 compared to 5,121 in 2021.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Children's Services, Education and Equalities, welcomed the news that even more parents would see their children go to their top choice schools this year, “For this year’s intake we have been able to offer over 90 per cent of parents their first preference for a primary school reception place in Bristol, and 99 per cent their top three. 

“We always look to place children in their local schools, in a setting where they want to be, and we hope all children going to their new schools in September enjoy their first steps into education.

“If any parents have concerns about the offer they have received, I would ask them to get in touch with our school admissions team, who will be able to help them with their options.”

Families who applied online will receive an email today (Tuesday 19 April) with their offer and are advised to check their spam folders for this email.

Those who applied by post will be sent a letter today (Tuesday 19 April).

Waiting lists become available from Friday 13 May and a second-round allocation, where any places that may become available will be reallocated, will take place in early June.

The best and quickest way to contact Bristol City Council’s school admissions team is via email: You can also contact us on 0117 903 7694.

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