Admissions 

Welcome to the Bristol Cathedral Choir School admissions pages.

Consultation on Admission Arrangements 2023/24

In line with the School Admissions Code, Cathedral Schools Trust (CST), which is the admission authority, is consulting on the admission arrangements for the following schools within the Trust for the academic year 2023/24; 

  • Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) 11-16 provision 
  • Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) Post 16 provision
  • Cathedral Primary School (CPS)
  • Victoria Park Primary School (VPPS)

The proposal is to remove the staff criterion* (see below), from the priority list for admissions for these schools; this is the only change. The criterion has been in place for a number of years and the admissions authority felt that it was an appropriate time to seek views from all stakeholders to determine whether it is still appropriate.  

*Staff criterion (as set out in Admission Arrangements 2021/22 or 2022/23) - priority will be given to children who are sons/daughters of employees of the School. This will include all teaching and non-teaching staff who have; 

a. been employed permanently at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or;

b. where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

To view the proposed admission arrangements for Bristol Cathedral Choir School please click on the links below; 

Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) Draft Admission Arrangements 2023/24 for 11-16 provision

Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) Draft Admission Arrangements 2023/24 for Post 16 provision

Draft Supplementary Information Form (Probationer Chorister) Year 7 2023 entry

Application Form for an Out of Normal Year Group Request

Please click here to view the proposed admission arrangements for the other schools in the consultation. 

The consultation process will run from Tuesday 23rd November 2021 to 12 noon on Tuesday 11th January 2022. 

It is important to emphasise that this is a consultation process and that all views will be heard as part of this and a final decision will not be made until after the consultation has ended.

If you would like to comment or offer feedback on the proposed admission arrangements please complete the form here, ticking the relevant box to show which school your comments refer to.  Please note responses received after 12 noon on 11th January 2022 will not be considered.

If you have any queries or requests for hard copies of the admission arrangements please contact:

Mrs Juliet Turner - Admissions Officer, Cathedral Schools Trust via email: consultation@cathedralschoolstrust.org

Alternatively you can contact us by post at:

CST Admissions, ℅ Trinity Academy,Romney Avenue, Lockleaze. Bristol, BS7 9BY

Variations to our Admission Arrangements effective from 1st September 2021

In line with the introduction of the new School Admissions Code in September 2021, schools which are their own Admission Authorities have been required to put specific variations in place to previously determined admission arrangements for 2021/22 and 2022/23.

These relate to the definition of looked after and previously looked after children (children in care/previously in care whether in England or elsewhere), the definition of 'Home', in year admission procedures and how distance is measured.

These variations were determined for use by Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) who is the admission authority. You can view the Admission Arrangements for 2021/22 and 2022/23 by following the links below: 

Link to Bristol Cathedral Choir School 11- 16 varied admission arrangements 2022/23

Link to Bristol Cathedral Choir School 11- 16 varied admission arrangements 2021/22

Link to Supplementary Information Form (Probationer Chorister)

Link to Supplementary Information Form (Staff)

Link to Application Form for an Out of Year Group Request

Link to Bristol Cathedral Choir School Post 16 varied admission arrangements 2022/23

Link to Bristol Cathedral Choir School Post 16 varied admission arrangements 2021/22

Link to Supplementary Information Form (Staff)

Link to Application Form for an Out of Year Group Request

To view a report on the outcomes of the admission consultation for all trust schools summarising the responses we received and explaining the decisions reached for each school - link to Consultation Report 

To view the determined admission arrangements for all schools - link to Admissions Cathedral Schools Trust

Year 7 2022 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. The CAF will be available mid September 2021.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School has a published admission number of 150 students for Year 7 entry. If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, students with 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 1275 on time applications for Year 7 2021 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, as set out in the admission arrangements 2022/23, in order of priority, as follows;

1.  Child in care/previously in care;

2.  Probationer Chorister;

3.  Music Specialism;

4.  Children of Staff;

5.  Children who attend Cathedral Primary School as the named Feeder School;

6.  Children who, on the date of admission, will have a sibling on roll at BCCS (11-16 provision);

7.  Other children by random allocation living in Bristol postcode areas BS1 to BS16;

8.  Other children by random allocation not living in Bristol postcode areas BS1 to BS16.

We strongly advise parents/carers to read the admission arrangements 2022/23 before making an application to the school as well as the documents that are available to view via Guidelines for applying to Year 7 2021

Open Events

Sixth Form

Places for our Sixth Form open events are available below: 

https://bccs.bristol.sch.uk/admissions/sixth-form-admission/

Yrs 7 - 11 BCCS open events have taken place.

If you were unable to attend an open event, a recording of the Head of School's Presentation, together with a collection of virtual introductions to subjects at BCCS is available to view here.

Admission to other year groups 2021/22

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

For further information including the on-line application form for the current 2021/22 academic year please see Admission to Other Year Groups

Sixth Form Admission

For information please see Sixth Form Admission

For further information please contact admissions@cathedralschoolstrust.org