Apply for a new reception primary place

Apply for a new reception primary place

Apply for a new reception primary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you need to apply for a new reception school place to your home local authority.


Apply online for a reception place for Sept 2020

If you apply online you'll get email confirmation of your application.

Before you apply:

  • check your local authority area
  • if you live in Bristol and pay your council tax to Bristol City Council apply to us for a Bristol school reception place
  • if you live in Bristol and pay your council tax to Bristol City Council and you want to apply to a school in another local authority area you also need to apply to us
  • check application timetable
  • read information about Bristol schools

For other year groups school place applications make an In year 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 primary application form. You can either post it, or scan and email it to  

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return the primary application form September 2020

If you send a stamped self addressed envelope with your application we'll return it to you as confirmation of your application.

Application deadlines

The deadline for making an on time application was midnight on 15 January 2020. 

If you wanted your child to start school later in the academic  year you must applied for a school place for your child by 15 January 2020 so that a place at the school is kept open for your child.

Applications received after 15 January 2020 will be ‘late applications’ and will be considered after the first round of allocations has been made.

The final date to make changes to an application made by 15 January 2020 is 24 January 2020 . See change your primary place application

Applications or changes to applications made after 15 January 2020 will be processed after the initial round of allocations has been completed.

The second round of allocations will be in June 2020.

School preference

You can express a preference for up to three schools in your order of preference from one to three.  All your preferences are considered equally against the schools admission criteria regardless of whether you have put them as preference one, two or three. 

If your child qualifies for a place at more than one of your three preferred schools your highest ranked preference school will be offered to you and lower ranked preferences withdrawn.

Supplementary information forms

You may need to 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 and to find out the date it should be returned to the school.

Exceptional medical and special needs

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School has exceptional medical and social needs as part of their admissions policy.  Read the school admission policy for how to apply under this criteria, contact the school directly for a supplementary information form.

Your school offer and acceptance

See reception primary place offer for how and when we'll offer your child a school place. You'll need to respond to this offer by 30 April 2020.

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