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Please see below for our current admissions policy. You will also find our admission arrangements for 2022/23.
This outlines our process, criteria and appeals process for children starting in Reception in September.
You can find out more here about applying for a September Reception place New reception primary school place - bristol.gov.uk.
Check your child’s school year by when they were born.
2021/2022 Academic year: September 2021
Year group and date of birth
- Reception 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018
- Year 1 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017
- Year 2 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016
- Year 3 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015
- Year 4 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014
- Year 5 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013
- Year 6 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012
IN YEAR ADMISSIONS
In Year admissions are managed by the school.
In Year admissions should be made on the in year application form at the bottom of this webpage. You will be notified of the admission decision within 15 school days.
If we are not able to offer your child a place, you have a right to appeal and information will be provided in the letter of acknowledgement. A request for an in year appeal can be found at the end of this webpage.
Applications to places in the school during the academic year can also be made directly at the school. Please contact the school either by email, phone or in person to the school office.
Reception Starters for September 2023
If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, you need to apply for a new reception school place to your home local authority.
Apply online from 12th September 2022 for September 2023 admissions. The closing date is 15th January 2023. Our Reception September admissions is managed by Bristol City Council. You can find out more here.
To help you get to know us and see our provision, please contact us to book on to one of our meet & greet sessions which will include a short presentation and a tour of our school.
New Reception Tours
29th September 9.30am
13th October 5pm
1st November 9.30am
15th November 5pm
30th November 9.30am
12th December 9.30am
5th January 5pm
12th January 9.30am
If your child has special educational needs, please feel free to get in touch as we would be happy to hear from you and talk to you about how we could support your child.
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan please do not apply to School Admissions but instead see Apply for a key stage transfer school place for a child with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan on Bristol's Local Offer site.
Get to know our school by watching our short video.
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