I know only too well that choosing and applying for a primary school place for your child can be daunting. I was in the same position last year with my little boy.
So, today on Bristol Mum, the Bristol school admissions process is broken down and explained by the School Admissions & Welfare Manager at Bristol City Council, Mike Wheeler. I hope this post helps parents and carers in Bristol.
1) How and when do I apply for a primary school place for my child?
2) Do I have to put three choices down?
3) What if I don’t like the primary schools in my area?
4) What date should I apply by?
5) Does the sibling rule still apply throughout Bristol?
6) When and how will I find out?
7) How are decisions of primary school places made?
All Bristol schools have published admissions criteria. Check the guide for parents – which is available on our website. The guide tells you all of the different criteria that schools use to decide who to offer places to. If you are applying for a faith school, make sure you also complete the supplementary information form, which is available from the school directly.
8) What do I do if I don’t like the school my child has been given a place at?
9) How successful do primary school appeals tend to be in Bristol?
The majority of schools appeals for Reception are heard under Infant Class Size regulations. This is national legislation that states you cannot have more than 30 children in a class – except in exceptional circumstances E.g. for a child in care. The Independent Appeals Panel cannot take into account personal, medical or social needs. They can only look at if the published admissions criteria was applied correctly. Therefore the likelihood of having an infant class size appeal upheld is small.
Did you find this article helpful? Or do you have more questions about the Bristol primary school process? Please do comment below.