School 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.

Online applications are now closed 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.

Change of address and 31 October 2016 applications

If you've recently moved address, or are in the process of moving, then the final date School Admissions can accept a change of address confirmation is 16 January 2017 for the following schools:

  • Ashton Park School
  • Bedminster Down School
  • Bridge Learning Campus
  • Bristol Free School
  • Bristol Brunel Academy
  • Bristol Metropolitan Academy
  • City Academy
  • Cotham School
  • Fairfield High School
  • Henbury School
  • Merchants Academy
  • Orchard School
  • Oasis Academy Brightstowe
  • Oasis Academy Brislington
  • Oasis Academy John Williams
  • Redland Green School

For all other schools in Bristol, contact School Admissions for guidance.  The final dates for schools outside Bristol may be different so contact the school's Local Authority for information.

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

Bannerman Road Community Academy and Children’s Centre will admit 60 children in September 2017, an increase of 15 places.

Additional Year 7 places for September 2017

Oasis Academy John Williams, will admit 180 children to the new Year 7 year group in September 2017, an increase of 18 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.


Tel: 0117 903 7694