Apply for a new reception primary place

Apply for a new reception primary place

Apply for a new reception primary school place.

Do not visit the school without a pre-arranged appointment.

The school your child has been offered a place at will contact you by telephone, or email, to arrange your child’s start date.

This is to keep pupils and staff safe at schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 you need to apply for a new reception school place to your home local authority. You need to apply by 15 January 2022.

Online

Apply online from 12 September 2021 for September 2022 admissions.

Apply online for a reception place for Sept 2022

You'll need to register for an account on our Parent Portal admissions system.

Willow Park Primary School is temporarily unavailable to select as school preference.

This is because of technical problems.

We hope to give an update on this by 21 October 2021.

Before you apply:

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 and return the primary application form (pdf, 2.1MB) (opens new window) .  You can either post it, or scan and email it to school.admissions@bristol.gov.uk.  

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return primary application form (pdf, 2.1MB) (opens new window)

Application deadlines

Apply by 15 January 2022.

Offers of school places for on time applications will be sent on 19 April 2022.

Applications after 15 January 2022 will be processed after the initial round of allocations is complete on 19 April 2022.

The final date and time for making changes to an existing application for the first round of allocations is midnight on  21 January 2022. See change your reception place allocation.

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your three preferred schools your highest ranked preference school will be offered to you and lower ranked preferences withdrawn.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 common application form for these schools:

Fill in the supplementary information form and return it directly to the school by the stated date.

Exceptional medical and social needs

Exceptional and Compelling Medical, Psychological, Social or Special Access Reasons as defined in the supplementary information form criterion which can only be met at the Academy. You must fill in a supplementary information form, supply evidence and send it within the timescales for the point of entry required. 

Early Years Pupil Premium, the Pupil Premium or the Service Pupil Premium

Children who at the time of the application are eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium, the Pupil Premium or the Service Pupil Premium as defined in the admissions policy.  You must fill in a supplementary information form under this criterion and send it within the timescales for the point of entry required.  

 Children of staff

Children whose parent or carer as defined in the admissions policy is a member of staff who has either been continuously employed at the Trust for two or more years at the time of application for a place or has been recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage or has been re-located to the area at the request of the Trust.   You must fill in a supplementary information form for an application under this criterion and send it within the timescales for the point of entry required.

  • Cathedral Primary School
  • Cheddar Grove Primary School: where that member of staff has been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the Academy is made and/or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  • Christ Church CE Primary
  • Fairlawn Academy
  • Wansdyke Primary School: where that member of staff has been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the Academy is made and/or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  • Victoria Park Primary School: fill in this form for your child to be considered under the staff criterion for a place at Victoria Park Primary School. Your application will be verified with the Human Resources team at Cathedral Schools Trust.

Confirmation of faith for Catholic primary schools

For someone to be treated as Catholic for school admissions purposes, the school will need written evidence of Catholic baptism or reception into the Church. Find further information in the schools’ admissions policies. All documents such as Catholic baptism certificates or written evidence of reception into the Church must be sent directly to the school.

Faith places 

Parents or carers applying under these criteria must complete the supplementary form as well as the  common application form and return it directly to the school before the closing date.

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 3 May 2022.

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.

Email: school.admissions@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 7694