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 2016 and 31 August 2017 you need to apply for a new reception school place to your home local authority.


Apply online for a reception place for Sept 2021

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
  • if your child  has an Education, Health and Care Plan don't apply to School Admissions, email the Special Educational Needs Team at for how to apply
  • check application timetable
  • read information about Bristol schools
  • St Pius X Primary School is no longer available to select as a school preference for Reception admission in September 2021. This decision has been taken by Bristol City Council’s Cabinet to close St Pius X Primary School from 31 August 2021.  
  • you must use your child’s legal name on the application

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 .  The form will be available from Saturday 12 September.   You can either post it, or scan and email it to  

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return primary application form (pdf, 2.3MB) (opens new window)

Application deadlines

Offers of school places for on time applications will be sent on 16 April 2021.

Applications after 15 January 2021 will be processed after the initial round of allocations is complete on 16 April 2021.

The final date and time for making an application or changes to an existing application  for the second round of allocations is midnight on  17 May 2021. See change your reception place allocation.

The second round of allocations will be in June 2021. 

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.

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 concerned.

Exceptional medical and social needs

The following school has exceptional medical and social needs as part of their admissions policy.  Read the schools admissions policy for details of how to apply under this criteria:

  • May Park Primary School, applications for a child with exceptional social or medical needs must be supported by a letter from the child’s 
    paediatrician, consultant or a professional from Children’s Services to show that it would be detrimental to the child not to be admitted to the preferred Academy.

    A letter must be sent directly to the academy explaining why the academy is the only suitable school to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support for the child.

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 2021.


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