Admissions 

Welcome to the Bristol Cathedral Choir School admissions pages.

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

As a result of high levels of demand, all our Open Events are currently fully booked. In the event that spaces become available, we will share booking information here. Whilst we recognise this will be disappointing to those unable to attend, a recording of the Event, together with a collection of virtual introductions to our subjects will be available on our website. 

Whilst we are keen to re-open our site to prospective students and their families, in light of the ongoing COVID pandemic we are making some significant changes to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. This means that all events will be ticketed for a maximum of 120 visitors per session. The experience will include an introduction to our school from the Headteacher and a short tour of the site, conducted by a experienced staff and existing students. In aggregate this will last approximately 50 minutes. We recognise that this is a more restrictive experience than we have previously provided and doesn't include open classrooms celebrating student learning. We would encourage those of you already with siblings at the school, or with knowledge of us to consider the merit in attending in person. Materials including recordings of the Headteacher's address, as well as introductions to our curriculum provided by our Heads of Department will be made available to all on our school website.

Please click here to sign up for one of our Open Events.

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