Guidelines for applying to year 7

Frequently asked questions about our admissions process.

Please read the admission arrangements 2018/19 before submitting an application.

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. (This will be where you pay your Council Tax).

The CAF normally opens mid-September on your local authority website and must be submitted by 31st October 2017. Please make sure you name Bristol Cathedral Choir School as a preference of secondary school on this form. 

 

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.

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 home local authority, including where parents/carers have placed BCCS on the form.

The local authority will endeavour to offer you a secondary school place at your highest preference where there is a place available.

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.

What is the catchment area for Bristol Cathedral Choir School?

BCCS does not have a catchment area. Distance to school or ease of journey is not taken into consideration.

All applications are considered against the oversubscription criteria, in order, as set out in the admission arrangements 2018/19 including random allocation from the listed postcode areas.

 

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

Offers for September 2018 entry will be made by your home local authority not the school on the first working day on or after 1st March 2018. This is the national offer date.

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 23rd September 2017.

This will be open on this website from Monday 19th June 2017.

You must also complete the Common Application Form (CAF) provided and administered by your Local Authority. The secondary school application deadline is 31st October 2017.

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 25th September 2017.

When and where will the Music Aptitude Test be held?

On Monday 2nd October 2017 from 5pm at the School.

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.

There are 50 questions of varying difficulty and the test will last about 45 minutes.

Please note applicants are not required to play a musical instrument or sing.

 

How does my child prepare for the test?

Please remember the test is for aptitude in music, not ability, therefore no preparation is necessary. 

Aptitude measures potential where as ability measures attainment or what has already been achieved and the two should not be confused.

There are no practice papers available.

In order to ensure equal opportunities for all music applicants, we will not take into consideration any teacher references or music certificates.

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

If your child achieves the score required, which is normally 40 out of 50 or above, then he/she will be invited to attend the second Music Aptitude Test, week commencing 9th October 2017.

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 10 - 15 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.

Applicants are not required to play or sing a prepared piece by may be required to sing back notes played on the piano/keyboard.

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.

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.

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 2018/19.

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

Offers will be made by your home local authority, not the school, on the national offer date, Tuesday 1st March 2018.

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