Most children will start primary school the academic year they turn 5 years old.  Every local authority has its own admissions process. 

Read Government rules of school admissions. 

Find out how to apply for a primary school place in Bristol.

 

Looking at schools

Before getting a secondary school place you might like to look at what the setting offers.  AIM for the Stars (part of Findability) can help you understand what a school can offer children and young people with special educational needs or a disability.  Every school also publishes an SEN Information Report.  This document gives details about what a school offers and does for children and young people with special educational needs.

Secondary schools in Bristol.

Most schools will have open days or offer young people and their families a chance to visit the school.  Contact the schools you are considering to see what they offer.

 

Applying for a primary school place if your child has special educational needs.

If your child has special educational needs, and does not have an Education, Health and Care plan, you will need to apply for a primary school place through Bristol City Council's schools admissions team and the normal rules for getting a school place will apply.

If your child attends a nursery or pre-school setting they should support your child's transition by planning and preparing for their move to their new school.  This includes making sure information on your child's special educational needs and the support they give is shared with the new school.  Your current nursery or pre-school should talk to you about this, agreeing with you what information needs to be shared.

You may have had support from the Inclusion or Portage Team.  They can also support your child in preparing for primary school.  Find out more about the Inclusion and Portage Team.

 

Applying for a primary school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care plan

If your child has an Education, Health and Care plan you will need to apply for a primary school place by naming it in their plan.  Find out more about choosing and naming a school in an Education, Health and Care plan at a Key Stage Transfer.

 

Applying for a primary school place if your child is summer born.

Children born in 1 April and 31 August are now not required to start school until the September following their fifth birthday. Find out more.

 

Going to primary school if your child gets Top Up funding.

If your current nursery or pre-school has apply for Top Up funding to meet the needs of your child the money allocated should follow your child to their new school.  Your current nursery or pre-school should also make sure information on how additional funding was used is share with your new school.

Find out more about school funding.

 

Going to primary school if your child had specialist equipment or needs specialist adaptations.

If your child has specialist equipment in their current nursery or pre-school this should follow them to their new school, if it is appropriate.

Your current nursery, pre-school or professionals working with your child should make sure information on what equipment or adaptations your child needs are share with the school they are moving too.  Find out more about school adaptations.

 

This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.

 

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