Information on primary school admissions and appeals.
Applications can no longer be made on-line.
The submission date for applications for Reception Admission in September 2017 closed on 15 January 2017.
Complete a paper application form and return it to School Admissions.
Your application will be processed after 16 April 2017.
You can now apply for reception school entry in September 2017
You should only apply for a reception school place for September 2017 to Bristol City Council if you live in Bristol and pay your Council Tax to Bristol City Council.
If you want to apply to a school outside your local authority you should still apply to the local authority that you live in.
You can apply for any state school in England both in and outside your local area.
You can check your local authority on check your local council.
If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 you can apply for a new reception school entry place. Applications must be received by us by 15 January 2017.
Online applications have now closed.
You can apply using our downloadable form (pdf, 327k) (opens new window)
Allocation statements and primary school appeal information
The following schools are full for admission to reception year group in September 2017.
Information on how places were allocated for Bristol, BANES and South Gloucestershire primary schools, and the appeals documents, are available below.
Bristol primary schools
Bristol allocation statements
Bristol primary school appeal documents
BANES primary schools
BANEs allocation documents
BANES primary school appeal documents
South Gloucestershire primary schools
South Gloucestershire allocation statements
South Gloucestershire primary schools appeals documents
Waiting list for Reception year group starting in September 2017
Your right to appeal does not affect your right to go on the waiting list for any school that you applied for but did not get offered a place.
The Admission Authority must keep a waiting list for at least one term until 31 December 2017.
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 Bernard's Catholic Primary
St Teresa's Catholic Primary
School of Christ The King
St Joseph's Catholic Primary
Steiner Academy Bristol
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary
Redfield Educate Together Academy
St Patrick's Catholic Primary
Waiting lists for all other schools in Bristol will be available by 17 May 2017.
To find out your position on the waiting list for these schools please call 0117 903 7694.
To find out your waiting list position for schools outside of Bristol, contact the council where the school is based to find out what you should do.
School Appeals Information
For the schools below, return your written grounds of appeal by 23 May 2017 to this address:
School Admissions (Parkview Office Campus)
Bristol City Council
PO Box 3176
Air Balloon Hill Primary
Ashley Down Primary
Bishop Road Primary
Bridge Farm Primary
Broomhill Infant School
Brunel Field Primary School
Fair Furlong Primary
Filton Avenue Primary School
Horfield CofE VC Primary
Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy
Knowle Park Primary
Little Mead Primary Academy
Oasis Academy New Oak
School of Christ the King
Sea Mills Primary
Sefton Park Infants
Southville Primary School
St Anne's Infants
St Barnabas CE Primary School
St Johns CofE VC Primary
St Mary Redcliffe C of E VC Primary
St Peter's Church of England VC Primary
St Ursula's E-Act Academy
St. Werburgh’s Primary
Stoke Bishop Church of England Primary
Victoria Park Primary
West Town Lane Academy
Westbury Park Primary
Westbury-on-Trym C of E Academy
For all other schools in Bristol, please return your written grounds of appeal to the school by 23 May 2017.
For schools outside Bristol, please contact the Local Authority where the school is situated for guidance.
Change of address and Reception Admission in September 2017
If you've recently moved address, or are in the process of moving then visit our school admissions page for advice.
Information for applying for a primary school place
Before applying for a new reception primary school place you should read the following information below.
If you're applying for a catholic primary school, check if the admission policy is in the list in the ‘Correction to the guide’ section.
Guide for applying for a primary school place
This guide provides essential information on the different types of school and how to apply:
Correction to the guide
This is a correction to information on page 96 of the ‘guide for parents and carers’ regarding number of appeals lodged for SS Peter and Paul RC VA Primary School
Number of appeals lodged: 0
Number of appeals heard: 0
Number of appeals upheld: 0
See the links below for admission policies for the following schools for 2017/18.The below replaces information published in the booklet 'guide for parents and carers'.
- Holy Cross Catholic Primary School (pdf, 145k) (opens new window)
- School of Christ the King Catholic Primary School (pdf, 1.4MB) (opens new window)
- St Bernadette Primary School (pdf, 1.5MB) (opens new window)
Primary schools A to Z guides
- Primary schools A to D (pdf, 627k) (opens new window)
- Primary schools E to H (pdf, 482k) (opens new window)
- Primary schools I to R (pdf, 472k) (opens new window)
- Primary schools S to U (pdf, 734k) (opens new window)
- Primary schools V to W (pdf, 239k) (opens new window)
Map for nearest primary school
Find your nearest school (new window) - you'll need your postcode
Furthest distance table
This gives the furthest distance that places were offered in previous years where schools were oversubscribed
Supplementary information forms
If you're applying to any of the schools below you should complete their supplementary information form:
Cathedral Primary School online form
Fishponds religious supplementary form (pdf, 180k) (opens new window)
School of Christ the King supplementary form (pdf, 94k) (opens new window)
SS. Peter and Paul supplementary form (pdf, 138k) (opens new window)
St. Bernadette Primary supplementary form (pdf, 230k) (opens new window)
This is in addition to the completion of a Common Application Form (CAF) which all applicants must complete.
For other year groups you should make an In Year application
Timetable for co-ordinated primary admissions for academic year 2017/2018
For the timetable for co-ordinated primary admissions for academic year 2017/2018 please see the document ‘Co-ordinated Reception Scheme 2017/18’ in the Downloadable Files section of the Admission Arrangements page on this website.
Bristol City Council
PO Box 3176
Bristol, BS3 9FS
Telephones: 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4.30pm Friday.
Closed Wednesday until 12noon for staff training.
Tel: 0117 903 7694