Admissions 

Welcome to the Bristol Cathedral Choir School admissions pages.

Consultation on 2020/21 Admission Arrangements

Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) is now consulting on the proposed admission arrangements for the academic year 2020/21. The consultation process will run for a six week period from 12th November 2018 to 7th January 2019.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) 11-16 provision

A number of changes have been proposed to the admission arrangements as follows:

To increase the published admission number (PAN) for entry to year 7 to 150. The need for secondary school places in Bristol is becoming increasingly critical and by 2022 there is a projected shortage of 684 places across the city. BCCS has had an intake of 150 students for year 7 for 2017 and 2018 entry and therefore the PAN needs to be adjusted accordingly.

To name Cathedral Primary School (CPS) as a feeder school for BCCS. As CPS is legally a separate school from BCCS it is necessary to name CPS as a feeder school in the admission arrangements for BCCS to achieve this.

To remove year 12 as a qualifying sibling. Whilst we recognise that parents will want their children to attend the same school, it is accepted that this is more significant for younger children and that it is reasonable to apply this criterion for Year 7 to Year 11 at secondary school.

To reduce the postcodes of the catchment area or area of prime responsibility to BS1 to BS16. This is to better support the needs of Bristol children seeking school places in Bristol schools. Random allocation will be used as a tie-break to decide the remainder of the places from any of the Bristol postcode areas from BS1 to BS16. In the event of any places still available these will be allocated by random allocation to those applicants living outside of the BS1 to BS16 postcode areas.

A number of other changes have been made to the wording of the policy to improve clarity and ensure it is compliant with applicable legislation. Full details of the changes can be viewed by reading the draft admission arrangements attached.

BCCS draft admission arrangements 2020/21 can be viewed here

Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) Post 16 Provision

A number of changes have been proposed to the admission arrangements for Post 16 provision, as follows:

To remove Year 12 as a qualifying sibling. Whilst we recognise that parents will want their children to attend the same school, it is accepted that this is more significant for younger children and that it is reasonable to apply this criterion for Year 7 to Year 11 at secondary school.

To reduce the postcodes of the catchment area or area of prime responsibility to BS1 to BS16. This is to better support the needs of Bristol children seeking school places in Bristol schools. Random allocation will be used as a tie-break to decide the remainder of the places from any of the Bristol postcode areas from BS1 to BS16. In the event of any places still available these will be allocated by random allocation to those applicants living outside of the BS1 to BS16 postcode areas.

A number of other changes have been made to the wording of the policy to improve clarity and ensure it is compliant with applicable legislation. Full details of the changes can be viewed by reading the draft admission arrangements attached.

BCCS 6th Form draft admission arrangements 2020/21 can be viewed here

The consultation for all schools within Cathedral Schools Trust is open until 7th January 2019. If you would like to comment on the proposed admission arrangements or have any queries please put them in writing, stating clearly which school your response is regarding, and send to:

Mrs J Turner - Admissions Officer, Cathedral Schools Trust

Email: consultation@cathedralschoolstrust.org

Cathedral Schools Trust

College Square

Bristol

BS1 5TS

Determined Admission Arrangements 2019/20

BCCS governors, as part of Cathedral Schools Trust have determined (agreed) the admission arrangements for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2019.

BCCS determined admission arrangements 2019/20 can be viewed here

BCCS 6th Form determined admission arrangements 2019/20 can be viewed here

This page contains a brief summary of the application procedure for Year 7 and in-year admissions.

Year 7 2019 entry

In order to be considered for a place applicants must name Bristol Cathedral Choir School as a preference of secondary school on the common application form (CAF), direct to the local authority in which you live.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School has a published admission number of 120 students for Year 7 entry, although due to demand for places we hope to admit 150 students in September 2019.  If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, students with statements of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP in which Bristol Cathedral Choir School is named, will be admitted before others.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is a heavily oversubscribed school. We received 1292 applications for the year 7 September 2018 intake and cannot guarantee that a place will become available for your child. Therefore, it is essential that you apply to other schools as well.

Where there are more applications than places available, places will be allocated in line with the oversubscription criteria, in order, as set out in the published admission arrangements. 

We strongly advise parents/carers to read the relevant admission arrangements before making an application to the school. These can be found on the 'Admission Arrangements' page.

We also advise parents/carers to come and visit us during one of our open events, details of which can be found on the 'Open Event Information for Year 7 2019 Entry' page. 

In Year Applications 

Applications for an in-year admission should be made directly to the school. 

Further information and the on-line application form for the current 2018/19 academic year can be found on the 'In Year Admissions page'.  

 

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