Primary admissions

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.

See a map of primary schools in Bristol  (pdf, 1.1MB) (opens new window)

Online applications have now closed.

You can apply using our downloadable form (pdf, 327k) (opens new window) .

Retuirn this form to School Admissions. (pdf, 327k) (opens new window)

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:

Guide for parents and carers on applying for a primary school place for the school year 2017 to 2018 (pdf, 4MB) (opens new window)  

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'.

Primary schools A to Z guides (pdf, 247k) (opens new window)

See our A to Z guides of Bristol primary schools: (pdf, 247k) (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

The furthest distance table (pdf, 62k) (opens new window)

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.

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 16 December 2017.

Contact information

School admissions

Bristol City Council

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.

Email: school.admissions@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 7694