Primary school places allocated for 2019

This year an overwhelming majority of families in Bristol are being offered one of their top three choices.

The number of families being offered their first preference school stood at 87.15% (4,686), which is similar to 2018. Those who were not offered one of their preferred schools fell to 1.93% (104 compared to 110 last year and 192 the year before – see table below).

Although applications were slightly lower this year compared to 2018 (5,535), they are still 5% higher than five years ago.

Cllr Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:

“It is great that we’ve continued to offer the vast majority of parents their first preference school this year and that every child in Bristol has got a place. As a Learning City we know that education is important at all levels and primary is a key milestone in any child’s development.

“If any parents have any concerns with the offer they have received I’d encourage them to get in touch with our school admissions team to discuss options.”

Families who applied online will receive an email today with their offer. Families are advised to check their SPAM folders for this email. Families who applied by post will be sent a letter today (16 April).

Waiting lists become available from 13 May and a second round allocation, where any places that may become available will be reallocated, will take place in early June.

Bristol City Council’s school admissions team can be contacted on 0117 903 7694 or by email at