Admission Arrangements For Own Admission Authority Schools 2023 2024

Closed 31 Jan 2022

Opened 10 Dec 2021


Bristol City Council is responsible for determining admission arrangements for all community and voluntary controlled (VC) school in Bristol. 

We are not responsible for decisions made on behalf of other schools including; academies, foundation and voluntary aided schools.  However, in order to support all maintained Bristol schools who are looking to reach an audience for their consultation we are posting details of other schools' proposed admission arrangements herewith. 

The Local Authority will be consulting on admission arrangements for the 2023/2024 academic year for LA admission authority schools in a separate consultation found at the following link

Why your views matter

The governing bodies of the following schools are consulting on their proposed admission arrangements for the 2023/2024 school year and are inviting comments on their proposals.  Please note, closing dates will vary.

Cathedral Schools Trust

  • Cathedral Choir School
  • Cathedral Primary School
  • Victoria Park Primary School

The Consultation can be found at the following link:

Admissions (

The proposal is to remove the staff criterion* (see below), from the priority list for admissions for these schools; this is the only change. The criterion has been in place for a number of years and the admissions authority felt that it was an appropriate time to seek views from all stakeholders to determine whether it is still appropriate.  

*Staff criterion (as set out in Admission Arrangements 2021/22 or 2022/23) - priority will be given to children who are sons/daughters of employees of the School. This will include all teaching and non-teaching staff who have; 

a. been employed permanently at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or;

b. where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Feedback can be sent to:

The consultation closes 11th January 2022

  • Cotham Gardens Primary School

Due to a fall in demand for primary school places in the area and the financial challenge of operating under capacity, the school is consulting reducing the PAN for reception from 90 to 60.

Further information can be found at the following link:

Cotham Gardens Primary School - Pupil Admission Numbers (PAN) Consultation

Responses to the consultation can be submitted using the following online form: 

The consultation closes 28th January 2022

*Cotham Gardens had intended to run an in-person public meeting at the academy for stakeholders to express opinions and/or ask questions to school governors and management regarding the consultation.  Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have decided not to run this event in person, and therefore we intend to hold a virtual meeting via Zoom.  The Zoom meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 6.00pm to 7.00pm.  Stakeholders are welcome to join the meeting using the following link:

Excalibur Academies Trust

The  Trust are consulting on all of their school's admissions policies and Supplementary Information Forms (SIF). This includes the following Bristol schools

  • Fairfield High School 
  • May Park Primary School 

A copy of the draft  documents are available below.

Further information can be found here: or can be obtained direct from

The consultation closes 31st January 2022

  • Oasis Marksbury Road

Oasis Community Learning invites you to take part in a consultation on the admissions for 2023/2024 at Oasis Academy Marksbury Road. It is a requirement that the admission arrangements of every academy must be reviewed every 7 years.  The proposal is that there is no change to the academy's PAN.

To view the academy's full admission arrangments in full visit:

Feedback can be sent to:

The consultation closes 12th January 2022

  • Summerhill junior School

Summerhill Academy is a junior academy for students in Years 3 – 6.  It is proposed that the policy is amended to make transparent the arrangements in place with Summerhill Infant school. Summerhill Infant School is a named feeder school for Summerhill Academy. Therefore, students on roll in Year 2 at Summerhill Infant School are given priority (over certain other categories of students) for a place in Summerhill Academy in Year 3. This is reflected in the revised oversubscription criteria.

No other elements of the Admissions policy and oversubscription criteria are changing.

A copy of the full draft policy can be found below.

Feedback can be sent to:

The consultation closes 21st January 2022

  • St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol

The School are consulting on a general review of the policy and Supplimentary Information Form for 2023/2024.

The Consultation can be found at the following link:

St. Bede's Catholic College - Admissions (

See the full documents below

Feedback can be sent to: 

Any responses to the consultations for these schools should be sent to the individual school concerned, as directed on their website, by the closing date.

Venturers Trust

This includes:

  • Bannerman Road
  • The Kingfisher School
  • Merchants' Academy
  • Sixth Form V6 (Montpellier High School)

The Policies have been updated following the review by the Department for Education of the Schools Admission Code 2021

Further to this;

  • Merchants' Academy

The School are also proposing to remove reference to the specific number of places available for Year 6 students at Merchants’ Academy Primary, requiring a place at Merchants’ Academy Secondary.  The priority will now relate to all Year 6 students on role at Merchants’ Academy Primary, to have entry into Year 7 at Merchants’ Academy Secondary. The overall PAN of 182 will remain the same.

(C) remove ‘Random Allocation’ and replace with ‘Geography – children living closest to the school’.  Merchants’ Academy will use the services of the Local Authority’s computerised mapping system to identify the home to school distance as measured in a direct line form a point on the home address, as held by the Local Authority to a central point within the main school building.

  • Sixth Form V6

Are proposing to remove reference to the partnership agreement with Fairfield High School.

Remove priority entry for applicants from Fairfield High School in the event of oversubscription.

Further Information is available on the Venturers' website Venturers Trust Admissions Consultation 2023-2024 - Announcements - Venturers Trust

For further information and feedback contact:   

The consultation closes on 28th January 2022

  • Westbury Park

Westbury Park School are proposing no changes to their existing policy but are consulting because a formal consultation has not happened in the last 7 years and is now due.

A copy of the draft Admissions Policy 2023/24 is available below.

Further information is on the school's website; Admissions | Westbury Park School | City of Bristol

Feedback can be sent to:

The consultation will close 17th January 2022.


What happens next

The results of these consultations will be determined by the schools' governing bodies by 28th February 2022.  Results will be available from the school as well as published on their websites prior to September 2022.


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