In year admission

In year admission

How to move your child from the primary, infant, junior or secondary school they go to now to a different one.

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You can contact admissions directly on 0117 903 7694

Moving your child from their current school to another school happens outside of the normal admissions process.

You should speak to your current headteacher before deciding to change  your child's school, especially if your child is in secondary school where a move may disrupt their studies and exam results. 

Before you make an application we recommend you visit the school you want your child to got to and discuss a change of school with the Head Teacher. 

Read your preferred school(s) admissions policy on the school website for information about allocation of places, waiting lists and appeal procedure.

This will help you make an informed choice to see if the school is the most appropriate school for your child.

Apply to change  schools

The way that you apply depends on the school.

If the school processes their own in year applications you need to contact them directly.

For schools where we process in year admissions you can apply:

How to apply

Fill out and return our in year application form (word doc, 104k) (opens new window) .

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You can return the form to us by email to

Or you can post it to:

School Admissions
City Hall
Bristol City Council 
PO Box 3176

Requesting a school outside of Bristol

To make an in year application for a school outside of Bristol contact the local authority where the school is based.

When to apply

You can make an in year application at any time during the year, but it should be less than six school weeks before you want to move.  If your child is offered a school place, you should take it up as soon as possible. 

If you want your child to start at a different school at the beginning of the academic year in September, you can apply from June and during the school summer holidays.

If you're in the process of moving you'll need to provide documents to confirm your new address.

Find a school

Find the closest schools to your home address 

Waiting lists

If you have asked to go on a waiting list for your preferred school your original place offer will be held for you.

Schools keep a waiting list at least one term until 31 December 2018.

Waiting list for September 2017 reception year

To find out your waiting list position for the following schools, contact the school directly:

  • St Bernadette Catholic Primary
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary
  • Cathedral Primary School
  • St Bernards's Catholic Primary
  • Filton Avenue Primary School
  • Fishponds Academy
  • Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy
  • Little Mead Primary Academy
  • Oasis Academy New Oak
  • School of Christ the King
  • St Teresa's Catholic Primary
  • School of Christ The King
  • St Mary Redcliffe C of E VC Primary
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary
  • Steiner Academy Bristol
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary
  • Redfield Educate Together Academy
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary
  • St Ursula's E-Act Academy
  • Stoke Bishop Church of England Primary
  • West Town Lane Academy

To find out your waiting list position for all other schools in Bristol call 0117 903 7694.

To find out your waiting list position for schools outside of Bristol, contact the council where the school is based.

Waiting list for transfer from Primary to Secondary education in September 2017

Waiting lists are available for the following schools: 

  • Ashton Park
  • Cotham School
  • Redland Green School

To find out your waiting list position:

  • for one of the above schools call 0117 903 7694.
  • for other schools in Bristol, contact the school directly.
  • for schools outside of Bristol, contact the local authority where the school is based.