Admission Arrangements for 2019-2020

CPS governors, as part of Cathedral Schools Trust have determined (agreed) the admission arrangements for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2019.

CPS admission arrangements 2019/20 can be viewed here.

2019-2020 Determined Admission Arrangements 


 Key Dates for Admissions - 2018-2019


15th January 2018

  • Closing date for all applications.

16th April 2018

  • Offers of a primary/infant school place made to parents/carers resident in Bristol will be sent by first class post. If you applied online you will also be sent an email on the 16 April 2018.

By 1st May 2018

  • Parents and carers to respond to the offer of a school place

From late June 2018

  • Appeals will take place.


 Admission Arrangements for 2018-2019


Please read the admission arrangements 2018-2019 before making an application to the school.

Click to view:

2018-2019 Determined Admission Arrangements


 Admissions To Other Years


In-Year Admission for 2017/18 academic year only

Cathedral Primary School is an oversubscribed school. We do not have any vacancies in any year group. You are welcome to make an application to go onto the waiting list for the relevant year group for the 2017/18 academic year only.

Waiting lists are open for any parent/carer to add their child at any time and are ranked in line with the over-subscription criteria, in order or priority, as set out in the published admission arrangements. Each time a new applicant joins, the waiting list is re ranked in line with the over-subscription criteria, in order of priority, as set out in the published admission arrangements.

Under the School Admissions Code we are unable to give you any indication as to the likelihood of being able to offer a place.

If you wish to make an in year application please complete the online application form below. Alternatively, you may request a hard copy from admissions at the school. This online form IS NOT for Reception applications for September 2018 entry.

In Year Application Form 2017/18 – click here 


Cathedral Primary School Admission Arrangements 2017/18 (paragraph 10 refers to In Year Admission) – click here

If you require more information please contact the Admissions Office on 0117 353 5016 or 


 Visiting Cathedral Primary School
We will be holding Parent Tours every Tuesday morning throughout Autumn/Winter (with a some exceptions), these MUST be booked in advance. The tour starts at 9.10am and will be finished by 9.50am. Please let us know which Tuesday you would like to book and how many of you will be attending as we only have limited places. 
You can contact us on: 
 Admissions FAQ


1. I would like to apply for a Reception place for my child for September 2018. When can I do this? 
The deadline for applications is 15th January 2018; applications received after the deadline date are treated as 'late' applications under the terms of our 2018/19 Admission Arrangements.

2. What happens after I fill in my Cathedral Primary School application form?
If you made your online application on or before 15th January 2018 admissions closing date, your application will be submitted and processed.

3. When will I know if my child has been offered a place?
Offers of places for September 2018 are made by your home Local Authority on 16th April 2018, which is the national offer date for primary school places.

4. Does gaining a place at Cathedral Primary School give my child a higher priority for a place at Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) in the future?
Under the School Admissions Code, School Governors are only able to consult on admission arrangements for the academic year 2020/2021 from October 2018. It is hoped that BCCS Governors will name CPS as a feeder school for BCCS.

5. What is the catchment area?
2018-2019 arrangements state that places will be allocated by Random Allocation to those living in the following postcodes: BS1 to BS25, BS29–37 and BS40–49. The process of random allocation will be overseen by an independent body.

6. Do I need to go to church to get a place for my child?
No. The CPS admission arrangements do not have a faith-based criterion. We accept applications from families of all faiths and none.

7. Does my child have to be good at music to secure a place?
No. Music will be important in the life of the school, but the CPS Admission Arrangements do not have a music-based criterion.

8. Is distance from the school a factor in gaining a place?
No. Provided you live in the postcode areas specified above, places will be allocated by random allocation.

9. If I have a child at Bristol Cathedral Choir School or Cathedral Primary School, will his/her younger sibling have priority for a place at Cathedral Primary School?
The admission arrangements 2017-18 state, pupils who, on the date of admission, have a sibling on roll at CPS or BCCS will be eligible for a place.

10. What is your timetable for Admissions Appeals for Reception places for September 2018?
CPS Reception appeals will be heard from late June 2018.


 Click on the links below to view our Admission Arrangements


2018-2019 Determined Admission Arrangements

2017-2018 Determined Admission Arrangements




For information on Appeals, please go to our Appeals page under 'About Us'.