Places in demand at area's successful secondary schools

March 24 2017

DEMAND is growing for places at Bristol's secondary sch0ols.

 DEMAND is growing for places at Bristol's secondary sch0ols.

 This year 4,625 applications were received  - 8% more than in 2016 and around a 34% increase on 2010. 91% of families have been offered one of their top three preferences, which is down slightly from 92.5% last year. Around three quarters (74.4%) of families were offered their first choice compared to 77% last year.

There were also around a third more first preference applications for Bristol schools from people who live outside of the city.

Councillor Claire Hiscott, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is the second ‘bulge’ year in Bristol secondary education and, in line with the council’s commitment to increase school places, we are working with local schools to plan ahead to ensure we can continue meeting demand. As part of our work as a Learning City we are also sharing best practice between schools and working to recruit and keep a strong teacher workforce, so that all schools in the city can provide students with a good education.”

Redland Green School received 763 applications for 216 places, with 286 parents naming it as their first school of preference. Cotham School received 741 applications for 216 places - 220 parents naming it as their first choice.

Fairfield High School has had a record 446 applications for places for 2017. The number of families putting it as their top school has leapt to 169, with 131 naming it as their second preference and 146 as their third. All 216 places have been offered to prospective students. 

It means the secondary school in Horfield is oversubscribed for a third successive year.

Fairfield is an 11-16 school that serves a diverse inner-city community. It is rated by Ofsted as Good with Outstanding features. The school is part of the Excalibur Academies Trust, which provides a strong support network. 

 Head of School Nick Lewis said: “It is fantastic that Fairfield High School  is now one of the most oversubscribed schools in Bristol. This is an amazing testament to the hard work and dedication of FHS staff, students and parents. It shows that our community really values the work that everyone does in school and in the wider area.”

Some families (9%) did not receive one of their preferred schools. The majority of these families applied for schools which allocate places by random allocation, are outside Bristol, or are faith schools.

Anyone not receiving an offer for their preferred school will be given information about how to stay on the waiting list and the appeals process.

Waiting lists for Bristol Schools will be available from 27 March 2017. 

 For all other schools applicants are asked to contact the Local Authority where the school is situated for advice.

The second round of allocations will take place in early May 2017. 

Appeals will be heard from the beginning of June onwards.

For more information about the offers process visit: