Infant to junior school transfer

Infant to junior school transfer

When you need to apply for your child to transfer from infant to junior school and how to apply.

You need to apply for a transfer from an infant school to a junior if the junior school isn’t paired with the infant school your child currently attends.

You don’t need to apply for a junior school if your child attends these schools unless you want your child to attend a different junior school:

  • Broomhill
  • Chester Park
  • Elmlea
  • Henleaze
  • Sefton Park
  • Summerhill
  • Wicklea Academy

Your child will automatically transfer to the above school’s paired junior school.

Apply for a transfer

If your child's infant school is not paired with the junior school or you want to apply to a different junior school than the paired school you need to apply for an infant to junior transfer.

How to apply


Apply for infant to junior transfer for Sept 2021

To apply online you'll need to register for an account on our Parent Portal admissions system. You’ll get an email confirmation of your application.

If your child  has an Education, Health and Care Plan don't apply to School Admissions, email the Special Educational Needs Team at for how to apply.

You must use your child’s legal name on the application.

Applications from outside the UK

If you're applying for a school place outside the UK and have problems applying online then fill in the infant to junior transfer application form (word doc, 71KB) (opens new window) .  You can either post it, or scan and email it to  

Other ways to apply

Fill in the infant to junior transfer application form (word doc, 71KB) (opens new window) The deadline for applications is 15 January 2021.

Applications for an infant junior transfer for September 2020

You'll need to make an in year application to apply for  an infant junior transfer for September 2020.

Junior schools and available places

Places available at a junior school are determined by the school's Admission Number.  This is the minimum number of children who have to be offered places at each school if there are enough applications.

See Bristol junior school places and admissions policies page for :

  • school website address
  • planned admission number for 2021
  • type of school
  • age range
  • number on role
  • admissions policy for 2021

Junior school allocation of places

For applications submitted by 15  January 2021 each junior school:

  • will first allocate places to any Year 2 children transferring from their paired infant school.
  • if they  have extra places left over then they will apply the  oversubscription criteria to all applications for children who currently go to other infant or primary schools.

If there are no places available at the junior school you‘ll be told of the appeals procedure by the admission authority for the school.

Oversubscription criteria

Initial allocations using the overscription criteria will involve only applications submitted by 15 January 2021. See the school admissions policy for how places are allocated.

Applications to Elmlea Junior school follow different admission criteria.  

Special Educational Needs (SEND) pupils and the transfer admissions criteria

If a school is named in a child’s Education Heath Care Plan they'll be given a place before the above criteria are applied.

Transfer to a primary school

If you want your child to attend a primary school in Bristol from Year 3, use our in year application process.  Applications should be made in mid May 2021.  Applications for schools outside Bristol should be made to the local authority where the school is based.

Contact information

School admissions

Bristol City Council (City Hall)

PO Box 3399

Bristol, BS1 9NE

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Telephones: 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4.30pm Friday.

Closed Wednesday until 12noon for staff training.


Tel: 0117 903 7694