School admissions

September 2016 entry

The online application system for Reception school entry in September 2016 is now open. The links below will take you to the relevant pages.

Primary admissions are for entrance into schools when a child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012. Applications must be received by us by  15 January 2016.

Secondary admissions are for entrance into schools when a child was born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005. 

The closing date for secondary transfer applications was midnight on 31 October 2015. You can’t apply online now.

You can still make an application by printing out the Secondary application form (pdf) and posting it to School Admissions (Romney House), PO Box 3176, Bristol BS3 9FS.

We’ll consider all applications received after 31 October 2015 in the second round of allocations in May 2016.

For other year groups choose the In-year admissions system.

How we tell you about an offer of a place

We will write to you with an offer of  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.

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, 2.5 MB) (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 2014/15 (pdf, 321 KB) (opens new window)

Additional reception places

Work continues with the aim of providing more places. Details of these and the methods of applying for them will be published on this page as appropriate.

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

Fax: 0117 903 7710