Bristol’s strategy to provide primary places reaps results for 2015 admissions

As families across Bristol are receiving offers of primary school places for September, Bristol City Council has announced that the city’s strategy to provide sufficient places to meet demand is reaping results.

This year there was a 1.6 per cent increase in those offered a place in one of their three preferred schools, which totalled 95.6 per cent.

The number of families who received their first choice of school was also up by 2 per cent and rose to 84 per cent this year. This figure is likely to rise by September as offers are accepted or rejected.

On-time applications dropped slightly this year to 5,404 down from 5,461 last year.

Those who applied online will receive an email today with their offer. If the offer is for their first preference school they can accept the place online. For second, third or referral offers then additional information will be sent out via post. Families are advised to check their SPAM folders for this email and must respond either online or by post by 30th April to have their place confirmed.

Brenda Massey, Assistant Mayor for People including Education, said:

“We’re delighted that we’ve been able to offer more families one of their preferred schools this year. We’ve done a lot of work in Bristol to make sure we’re meeting the forecast demand for places and we estimate that we’ll have enough primary places until 2020.

“Starting primary school is a key milestone in any child’s life and we do everything we can to support families at this time and ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible.”

An on-going £200m programme to increase supply of school places is well underway, with 12,000 new places being created between 2011– 2016. An integrated strategy to keep up with demand across all age groups is currently being developed.