FAQ

(Frequently Asked Questions)

Bristol Cathedral Choir School - Application to Year 7 for September 2017
To view the admission arrangements 2017/18 please click HERE


1. How do I apply to Year 7 at Bristol Cathedral Choir School?

  • Simply complete the Common Application Form (CAF) provided and administered by your home Local Authority.

The CAF normally opens mid-September and must be submitted by 31st October 2016. Please make sure you name Bristol Cathedral Choir School as a preference of secondary school on this form. 


PLEASE NOTE: The Music Specialism Application Form has now closed.

2. Is there any sort of test or entrance exam?

Bristol Cathedral Choir School no longer holds the Non Verbal Reasoning Test as part of its admissions process. The only test is for those applicants seeking a Music Specialism place. 

3. Will Bristol Cathedral Choir School know my preference choices on my Common Application Form?

No. Bristol Cathedral Choir School will not know the preference choices of secondary schools made by parents/carers to their Local Authority, including where parents/carers have placed BCCS on the form.

4. Do you need to attend Church to apply to Bristol Cathedral Choir School?

No. The school is a Church of England faith school but we accept applications from people of all faiths and none. Faith is not an oversubscription criterion for the School.

5. What is the catchment area for Bristol Cathedral Choir School?

The Bristol Cathedral Choir School Determined Admission Arrangements (paragraph 5g.) state that places will be allocated by random allocation to those living in the following postcodes: BS1 to BS25, BS29 to BS37 and BS40 to BS49..

6. When will I know if my child has been offered a place?

Offers for September 2017 entry will be made by your Local Authority on the first working day on or after 1st March 2017. This is the national offer date.

MUSIC SPECIALISM PLACES

7. How do I apply for a Year 7 Music Specialism place for my child at Bristol Cathedral Choir School?

  • You will need to complete and submit the BCCS Music Specialism Application Form provided and administered by the school by Saturday 24th September 2016.
  • You must also complete the Common Application Form (CAF) provided and administered by your Local Authority. The secondary school application deadline is 31st October 2016.

8. What happens after I submit the Music Specialism application form to the School?

Your child will be invited to attend the Music Aptitude Test. This will be sent via email during the week commencing 26th September 2016.

9. When and where will the Music Aptitude Test be held? 

On Monday 3rd October 2016 at 5pm at the School.

10. What does the Music Aptitude Test involve?

The test will involve listening to a CD and answering a multiple-choice paper on pitch, melody, texture and rhythm. (Applicants are not required to play a musical instrument or sing.)

11. How does my child prepare for the test?

The test is for aptitude in music, not ability, therefore no preparation is necessary. There are no practice papers as it is unique to the School. In order to ensure equal opportunities for all Music applicants, we will not take into consideration any teacher references or music certificates.

12. How will I know whether my child has been successful in the first Music Aptitude Test?

If your child achieves the score required, he/she will be invited to attend the second Music Aptitude Test, week commencing 10th October 2016. 

13. What does the second Music Aptitude Test involve?

The second test will be on a one-to-one basis with a member of the Music Department and will last approximately 20 minutes. It will be a further opportunity to demonstrate aptitude in music; applicants will have to respond to various aural tests, which might include clapping back a rhythm and repetition of a melody.

14. Will my child have to play a musical instrument or sing in the second Music Aptitude Test?

No. Applicants will not be required to play a musical instrument or sing a piece of their choice. In order to ensure equal opportunities for all Music applicants, we will not take into consideration any teacher references or music certificates.

15. How will I know if my child has been successful in gaining a Music Specialism place?

It is our aim to take all reasonable steps to inform parents/carers of the outcome before the closing date for secondary school applications on 31st October. Parents/carers will be informed whether their child qualifies as one of the successful 10% under the Music Specialism oversubscription criterion. This information allows parents/carers time to make an informed choice of secondary school on their Local Authority Common Application Form. This information does not, however, equate to a guarantee of a place at Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

16. What happens if my child does not qualify for one of the 10% of Music Specialism places? 

If your child does not qualify as one of the successful 10%, they will be ranked on the Music Specialism waiting list according to their scores from both Music Aptitude Tests.

They will also be considered for a place against the oversubscription criteria, in order, and including random allocation, as listed in the Determined Admission Arrangements 2017-18. 

17. When will I know if my child has been offered a place?

Offers will be made by your Local Authority on the national offer date, Tuesday 1st March 2017.