Primary school places allocated for 2020: kids 2

16 Apr 2020

Children and Young People Education, Learning and Skills

Primary school places allocated for 2020

Overwhelming majority of Bristol families offered their first-choice primary place

An overwhelming majority of Bristol families have been offered their first-choice primary school place in the city allocation for September which was revealed today (16 April).

The number of families being offered their first preference school stood at 87.5% (4,624) - a similar figure to 2019 - with an overwhelming majority of families in Bristol being offered one of their top three choices (see table below).

Applications were slightly higher this year (5497) compared to 2019 (5,355), with those not offered one of their preferred schools increasing slightly to 2.4% (129 compared to 104 last year and 110 the year before).

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).

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.

“I’d like to express my thanks to Bristol City Council’s admissions team who have worked tirelessly during this very challenging time for all of us. Despite changes in working environments and increased levels of sickness, they have kept to timescales - ensuring parents and carers are well informed about the next stages in their children’s education.

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

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.

The best and quickest way to contact Bristol City Council’s school admissions team is via email: If email is not possible, please contact us on 0117 903 7694 and we will endeavour to help you.