School Admission Arrangements for 2022/2023 Academic Year

Closed 31 Jan 2021

Opened 30 Nov 2020

Results updated 17 Mar 2021

The school admission arrangements and co-ordinated schemes for primary and secondary schools for the 2022/2023 academic year have been determined.

The admission arrangements are largely unchanged from the policies determined for 2021/2022 apart from some changes to wording/phrasing which have been rewritten in line with guidance from the DfE.

BCC has updated the process for clarifying a child’s home address, following the publication of the Office of the School Adjudicator (OSA) Annual Report September 2018 to August 2019.  Child Benefit payments have been removed as a form of evidence.

The arrangements have also been updated and reformatted for accessibility using the BCC standards.

The documents went to public consultation between 30th November 2020 and 31st January 2021, with information sent to all relevant parties as well as being published on the BCC website and Citizen Space consultation page.  No objections were raised with regards to the proposed documents.

The policies were signed off by Councillor Anna Keen and Alison, Director for Education and Skills on 25th February 2021. 



Bristol City Council (BCC) is responsible for implementing the coordinated schemes for school applications and the allocation of school places for all mainstream schools in Bristol.  BCC is also the Admission Authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in the city.

This consultation includes a review of the following admissions documents;

1. The coordinated scheme for all Bristol primary schools for the 2022/2023 academic year

2. The coordinated scheme for all Bristol secondary schools for the 2022/2023 academic year

3. The coordinated scheme for selected Bristol schools' in-year applications for the 2022/2023 academic year

4. The admission arrangements for all Bristol community and voluntary controlled primary schools for the 2022/2023 academic year

5. The admission arrangements or selected Bristol infant to junior school transfers for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Relevant Areas 2023 - 2025

We are also including a review of Bristol's Relevant Areas.  These are the areas all admission authorities including; the Local Authority, schools and academy trusts who are required to consult with before making changes to their determined admissions policies. We are legally required to review these areas every two years.  We are not proposing any changes to our current areas.  However, we are still interested in any feedback.   Information regarding relevant areas can be found in the document at the bottom if this page.

Other Admission Authorities in Bristol 

A number of 'own admission authority' schools including - academies, foundation and voluntary aided schools are also in the process of reviewing and consulting on their admission arrangements.  We have set up a separate consultation page for these schools:                  

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

  • They do not use Bristol City Council's admission arrangements 
  • They are running their own consultation.  
  • 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.

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.

We would like to know your views.

Please complete the online survey via the link below or download a paper version and either email to or post to: James Last, School Place Planning, Bristol City Council, City Hall, PO Box 3399. before 31st January 2021. 


What happens next

All responses will be considered before the arrangements are agreed. This will be by 28 February 2020 The arrangements will be published on the Bristol City Council and/or schools' websites by 15 March 2020.

Final arrangements, along with other information for parents and application forms will be published in September 2020.


  • All Areas


  • Children / Young People
  • Parents, carers and guardians


  • Children and young people