Primary admissions

Apply for a new reception primary school place for September 2018

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014. You must apply for a new reception school place. 

Applications made after the closing date of midnight on 15 January 2018, will be processed after 18 April 2018.


Apply online for a reception place for Sept 2018

If you're applying online you'll need to register for an account on our new online admissions system to apply for a school place.  

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return primary application form September 2018 (pdf, 552k) (opens new window) .

Information about primary schools

Before you apply:

For other year groups you should make an In Year application

Amendment to guide for parents and carers on applying for a primary school place for the school year 2018 to 2019

Page 98  Support with travel between home and school (Bristol schools only) (pdf, 269k) (opens new window)

Supplementary information forms

You must complete a supplementary information form as well as the Bristol City Council application form for the schools below.  Contact these schools for a supplementary information form:

Change of address

The last date that we can accept a change of address is 24 January 2018.  We'll need documentary evidence to confirm your new address.

How we tell you about an offer of a place

Offers for all on-time applications for a primary/infant school place will be sent by first class post on Monday 16 April 2018.

If you applied online we'll also send you an email on Monday 16 April 2018.

Offers for late applications for a primary/infant place will be sent by first class post in early June 2018.

We can't:

  • tell you about an offer by phone
  • send responses to email addresses not provided prior to the offer date
  • send via email if you applied using a paper form.

What to do when you have a school place offer

Parents and carers must reply to offers by Tuesday 1 May 2018.  You should either:

  • accept the place
  • not accept the place and ask to go on a waiting list for a school that you applied for but did not get offered a place.  
  • not accept the place and request an appeal for your preferred school.
  • not accept the place and request new school preferences.
  • not accept the place and advise that the place is no longer required e.g your child will be attending an independent school.

Waiting lists

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

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

Timetable for co-ordinated primary admissions for academic year 2018/19

See timetable for co-ordinated reception primary admissions for academic year 2018/19 (pdf, 184k) (opens new window) .

Contact information

School admissions

Bristol City Council (City Hall)

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

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