Secondary school places on National Offer Day: kids 2

01 Mar 2021

Education, Learning and Skills

Secondary school places on National Offer Day

All families applying for places in Bristol secondary schools will be offered a place on National Offer Day (Monday 1 March).

The majority of families (94 per cent) have been offered one of their top three preferences and 76 per cent have been offered their first choice.  This compares to 93 per cent and 75 per cent respectively in 2020.

The number of applications received for Bristol secondary school places has increased this year with 4,961 applications received compared to 4,877 in 2020.

Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Lead for Education and Skills, said: “This is another year where we have seen more children than ever before looking for places in Bristol.  This is a good indication of our work as a partnership to improve standards across the city.   

“I am pleased that we have been able to offer many families their first choice this year. This has been in large part thanks to our many well-performing and popular secondary schools who have worked with our excellent admissions team at Bristol City Council to offer places wherever possible.”

Parents will receive emails with offers throughout the morning on Monday 1 March and are advised to check their spam filter if they have not received an email by 12 noon.

The majority of applications who did not receive a preferred place were due to being applications for schools who allocate places by random allocation, are outside Bristol or are faith schools.

Anyone not receiving an offer for their preferred school will be provided with information about how to stay on the waiting list and the appeals process.

For more information about the offers process visit: