How to apply for a new year 7 secondary school place.

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 you need to apply for a new year 7 secondary place. You must apply by 31 October 2023.


Apply online from 12 September 2023 for September 2024 admissions.

Apply for new year 7 secondary place for Sept 2024 Go to (opens new window)

You'll need to register for an account on our Parent Portal admissions system if you've not made an online application for a school place or free school meals before.

Before you apply

For other year group school places make an In year application

If you're applying for a school place whilst outside the country you can't apply online. You must fill in and return  pdf secondary application form (695 KB)  . You can either fill in the form online and email it to by 31 October 2023 or print and return the form by post. 

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return pdf secondary application form (695 KB) .  

Application deadlines

Apply by 31 October 2023.

Offers of school places for on time applications will be sent on 1 March 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 25 March 2024. See change your year 7 secondary place application.

The second round of allocations will be in April 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. 

Although the deadline for completing the Bristol City Council application form is 31 October 2023, some schools including grammar schools in neighbouring areas may be holding aptitude and attainment tests before this date. See your preferred school's admissions policy for more information.

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your three preferred schools your highest ranked preference school will be offered to you and lower ranked preferences withdrawn.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 response

See year 7 secondary school place offer for how and when we'll offer your child a school place. You'll need to respond to this offer by 15 March 2024.

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.