Secondary admissions

Apply for a new year 7 secondary school place for September 2018.

School admissions IT upgrade: 27 June 2018

You may experience problems using our online school admissions service on 27 June 2018.

This is because of maintenance and we're sorry for any inconvenience.

You can contact admissions directly on 0117 903 7694

If your child was born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 you must apply for a new year 7 secondary school entry place. 


Apply online for a year 7 place for Sept 2018

If you're applying online you'll need to register for an account on our new online admissions system to apply for a school place.

If you wish to accept your offer, place a tick in the ‘accept’ box and then click send response.

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return secondary application form September 2018 (pdf, 790k) (opens new window) .

Application deadlines

The final date for making an application, or making changes to an existing application is 13 April 2018. 

Changes to an application include:

  • Changing the order of school preferences
  • Adding or deleting new school preferences
  • Confirming a change of address
  • Confirming a sibling link at your preferred school(s)

Applications or changes to current applications after 13 April will be processed after the second round of allocations has been completed.  

The second round of allocations is taking place in early May.  

Additional year 7 school places for September 2018

Cotham School will admit an additional 27 pupils to year 7 in September 2018 increasing the planned admission number (PAN) from 216 to 243 pupils.

Information about secondary schools

Before you apply:

For all other year groups  make an In Year Application 

Amendment to guide for parents and carers on applying for a secondary school place for the school year 2018 to 2019

Additional information:

Support with travel between home and school (Bristol schools only) (pdf, 269k) (opens new window)

Supplementary information forms

You must complete a supplementary information form as well as the Bristol City Council application form for some schools.  Contact these schools for their supplementary information form :

Change of address

The last date that we can accept a change of address is Friday 17 November 2017.  We'll need documentary evidence to confirm your new address.

How we tell you about an offer of a place

Offers for all on-time applications for a secondary school place will be sent by first class post on Thursday 1 March 2018. If you applied online we'll also send you an email on Thursday 1 March 2018.

Offers for late applications for a year 7 secondary school place will be sent by first class post in early June 2018.

For security reasons we can't:

  • 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.

What to do when you have a school place offer

Parents and carers must reply to offers by Thursday 15 March 2018.  You should either:

  • accept the place by logging in to the admissions system and placing a tick in the ‘accept’ box, before clicking send response.
  • not accept the place and ask to go on a waiting list for a school that you applied for but did not get offered a place.  
  • not accept the place and request an appeal for your preferred school.
  • not accept the place and request new school preferences.
  • not accept the place and advise us that the place is no longer required e.g your child will be attending an independent school.

Waiting lists

If you ask to go on a waiting list for your preferred school your original place offer will be held for you.

Schools will keep a waiting list at least one term until 31 December 2018.

First round allocation Statements and appeal information

The following schools are full for admission to Year 7 in September 2018. Information on how places were allocated is available below.

Appeal proforma template letters are attached to the allocation statements.



North Somerset

For North Somerset appeals see our secondary schools appeals page.

South Gloucestershire

Second round allocation Statements and appeal information


Waiting list for transfer from Primary to Secondary education in September 2018

Your right to appeal does not affect your right to go on the waiting list for any school that you applied for but did not get offered a place.

The Admission Authority must keep a waiting list for at least one term.

Waiting lists for the following schools will be available by 9 April 2018:

  • Ashton Park School
  • Bedminster Down School
  • Bristol Brunel Academy
  • Bristol Free School
  • Bristol Metropolitan Academy
  • Cotham School
  • Fairfield High School
  • Oasis Academy John Williams
  • Redland Green School

To find out what your position on the waiting list for one of these schools is, call 0117 903 7694.

To find out your waiting list position for other schools in Bristol, contact the school directly.

To find out your waiting list position for schools outside of Bristol, contact the council where the school is based to find out what you should do. 

Timetable for co-ordinated secondary admissions 2018/2019

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See timetable for co-ordinated secondary admissions for academic year 2018/2019