School admissions

Online applications are now open for reception and year 7 places for September 2017.  

The Secondary Guide for Parents and Carers 2017/18 is now online.

The Primary Guide for Parents and Carers 2017/18 is now online.

The closing date for reception 2017 admissions is 15 January 2017.

The closing date for secondary transfer 2017 is 31 October 2016.

See primary admissions and secondary admissions pages.

September 2017 entry

Primary admissions are for entrance into schools when a child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013. 

Secondary admissions are for entrance into schools when a child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006. 

How we tell you about an offer of a place

We will write to you with an offer of a place.
In the interest of security we cannot:

  • 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.

Your response to an offer must be made in writing.

Admissions policy

This can be found on the Admissions Arrangements page.

Why Children in Care and Special Educational Needs children have priority

The local authority or admissions authority has a legal obligation to give 'children in care/children previously in care' top priority in their oversubscription criteria.

See page 6 of the Primary Guide for Parents and Carers or page 4 of the Secondary Guide for Parents and Carers for the definition of children previously in care.

Children with Special Education Needs are outside the admissions process, the local authority has a duty to reserve places at schools named in a child's Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan.

School Organisation

Local Authorities have a statutory duty to ensure there are enough school places in their area for all the children that need them.

Bristol City Council’s School Organisation Strategy (pdf, 2.5MB) (opens new window)  identifies the projected need for places and what we have to do to make sure all families have access to high quality education. The Strategy will be reviewed annually and schemes agreed in the context of available funding and demographic trends.

Bristol City Council Annual Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator 2015/16 (pdf, 158k) (opens new window)

Additional reception places

Bridge Learning Campus (Primary) will admit 90 children to the Reception year group in September 2016, an increase of 30 places.

Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre  will admit 60 children to the  Reception year group  in September 2016, an increase of 15  places.

Cathedral Primary School will admit up to 50 children to the Reception year group in September 2016, an increase of 20 places.

The Planned Admission Number (PAN) for Reception 2016/17 entry is 30 but it was hoped that we would be able to increase this and offer 60 places for children in September.

However, as the completion of the new building site for the primary school has been significantly delayed it will not be ready to accept children in September 2016.

Therefore, the Governors have agreed to offer 50 places for the 2016/17 academic year. This figure was agreed because exceeding more than 50 places would place enormous constraints on the existing school site with associated health and safety implications the main concern for pupils and staff.  

Additional Year 7 places for September 2016

Bristol Free School will admit 190 children to year 7 in September 2016, an increase of 40 places.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe  will admit 189 children to year 7 in September 2016, an increase of 29 places.

Oasis Academy John Williams will admit 180 children to year 7 in September 2016, an increase of 18 places.

Redland Green School will admit 216 children to year 7 in September 2016, an increase of 27 places.

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