Apply for a new reception primary school place.

If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 you need to apply for a new reception school place to your home local authority. You need to apply by 15 January 2024.


Apply online from 12 September 2023 for September 2024 admissions. 

Apply online for a new reception place for Sept 2024 Go to (opens new window)

You'll need to register for an account on our Parent Portal admissions system.

Before you apply:

For other year groups school place applications including applications for September 2023 admissions make an In year application

Applications from outside the UK

If you're applying for a school place outside the UK and have problems applying online then fill in and return the pdf primary application form (696 KB)

 You can:

  • fill in and submit the form online using your computer.  
  • fill in and email the form as an attachment  to to avoid postal delays
  • or print and return the form by post

Other ways to apply

 You can either:

Application deadlines

Apply by 15 January 2024

Offers of school places for on time applications will be sent on 16 April 2024.

Applications after 15 January 2024 will be processed after the initial round of allocations is complete on 16 April 2024.

Second round allocations

The final date and time for making an application or changes to an existing application for the second round of allocations is midnight on 8 May 2024. See change your reception place application.

The second round of allocations will be in May 2024.

Supplementary information forms

You may need to complete a supplementary information form (SIF) as well as the Bristol City Council application form for some schools.  

School preference

You can express a preference for up to three schools in your order of preference from one to three.  All your preferences are considered equally against the schools admission criteria regardless of whether you have put them as preference one, two or three. 

If your child qualifies for a place at more than one of your three preferred schools your highest ranked preference school will be offered to you and lower ranked preferences withdrawn.

 Your school offer and acceptance

See reception primary place offer for how and when we'll offer your child a school place. You'll need to respond to this offer by 30 April 2024.

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Contact information

School admissions

Bristol City Council
PO Box 3399
Bristol BS1 9NE

To contact us, fill in our school admissions contact form.

Tel: 0117 903 7694

Opening Hours

Telephones: 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4.30pm Friday.