Decision details

Bristol City Council school admission arrangements 2024/2025 academic year

Decision Maker: Director: Education and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


It is the responsibility of all Admission Authorities to set admission arrangements which adhere to regulations set by the Department for Education’s (DfE) School Admissions Code (2021), ensuring a
clear and fair access protocol is in place for all school applications.
Admission arrangements for all Community and Controlled schools are determined by the Local Authority. The responsibility for all other schools is with the individual school or academy trust.
The LA is responsible for the co-ordinated admission schemes for all Bristol Primary and Secondary schools. The co-ordinated admission schemes sets the framework for processing applications for
school places in the normal admissions round as well as participating schools and trusts for in-year applications.
The LA also establishes the Relevant Areas for admission arrangement consultations. Each local authority is required to define a ‘relevant area’ in which admission authorities must consult on their
proposed admission arrangements.
To comply with the School Admissions Code these arrangements need to be formally agreed by 28th February in the year prior to admission year.
The admission arrangements are largely unchanged from the policies determined for 2023/2024.
The documents went to public consultation between 15th December 2022 and 31st January 2023, with information sent to all relevant parties as well as being published on the BCC website and consultation hub. Clarification and suggestions were put forward and will considered for future years.


To approve the proposed school admission arrangements, which remain largely unchanged from the policies determined for 2023/2024, and agree primary schools and infant/junior transfers for whom the LA is the admission authority for the 2024/2025 academic year. Also, to approve the set relevant areas for admission authorities to consult.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 09/03/2023

Date of decision: 21/02/2023