School Admission Arrangements for 2020/21 School Year

Closed 21 Jan 2019

Opened 19 Nov 2018


Bristol City Council is responsible for setting the admission arrangements for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in the city. This consultation includes the proposed new intake oversubscription criteria and co-ordinated admission schemes for the 2020/21 school year.

Also included in this consultation are the proposed arrangements for a number of 'own admission authority' schools - academies, foundation and voluntary aided schools.

The downloadable documents can be found at the foot of this page.

If your chosen school is not listed here this may be because;

i) They use Bristol City Council's arrangements (see the admission arrangements appendix for a full list of relevant schools)

ii) They are running their own consultation

iii) Their admission arrangements are unchanged from previous years.  Therefore, they are not consulting this year. 

If you are uncertain, contact the school for more information.

Reduced Pupil Admission Numbers (PAN)

Projected number of pupils in some areas in Bristol is falling.  To ensure there is not over provision we are proposing a reduction to some school PANs.  Reductions will be managed to ensure there are still sufficient places in the city.
We will plan to reduce PANs for the following schools:

  • Hannah More Primary - PAN reduced from 60 to 30
  • Bishop Road – PAN reduced from 120 to 90
  • May Park Primary – PAN reduced from 120 to 90
  • St Michael's on the Mount CE VC Primary– PAN reduced from 30 to 15
  • St Werburgh’s Primary –  PAN 28 (Work is currently being undertaken to establish whether a 14th classroom can be added to the school.  If this is possible the admission number for 2020/21 will remain at 56.  If it is not possible the admission number will be reduced to 28)

Responses should be made by completing the feedback form or by contacting the appropriate school representative, where stated.

Amendment i - Henbury School have been added to this consultation on the 22nd November.    

Amendment ii - We had previously stated that St Mary Redcliffe and Temple were consulting on their admission arrangements.  This was an error so any documents relating this have now been removed.

Amendment iii - Easton C of E Academy are consulting on their arrangements and reducing PAN from 90 to 60.  The school's consultation was added to this site 5th December 2018 and will run until 31st January 2019. Details can be found in the documents section, below. 

Amendment iv - Trust in Learning Acadamies are consulting on admissions policies for the following schools. 

  • Bridge Learning Campus
  • Filton Avenue Primary School
  • Orchard School Bristol
  • Parson Street Primary School

The consultation was added to this site 11th December 2018.  Details can be found in the documents section below.

Amendment v - St Bernadette Primary School are consulting on their arrangements, adding the following wording to Appendix 3.

'The Eastern Christian Churches (other than the Eastern Catholic churches) include the Orthodox Churches and other Eastern Churches whose sacraments are recognized by the Catholic Church and should be given priority over all non-Catholic applicants(except looked after and previously looked after children).

Membership of an Eastern Christian Church is normally demonstrated by a certificate of baptism or a certificate of reception from the authorities of that Church.'

The consultation was added to this site 11th December 2018.  Details can be found in the documents section below.

Amendment vi - Bristol Free School are consulting on their admission arrangements. 

The school are propsoing a change, removing social and medical need from their oversubscription critieria.

The Consultation was added to this site on 20th December 2018 and wil run until 31st January 2018.  Details can be found in the documents section below. 

Amendment vii - Bristol Cathedral Choir School have extended their consultation to run until 31st January 2019, allowing more time for responses to the change to their policy of including Cathedral Primary School as a designated feeder school in their oversubscription critierion - 20th December 2018

Why We Are Consulting

All admission authorities are required to consult on their proposed admission arrangements at least every 7 years or when changes are proposed and we would like to know your views.


What Happens Next

All responses will be considered before the arrangements are agreed. This will be by 28 February 2019 The arrangements will be published on the Bristol City Council and/or schools' websites by 15 March 2019.

Final arrangements, along with other information for parents and application forms will be published in September 2019.


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