Admission Arrangements for 2018-2019

The CPS governors have now determined the admission arrangements for children who will be admitted to the school at the normal point of entry for September 2018.

Following the annual consultation of admission arrangements, governors considered the responses and feedback from interested parties and have agreed the following:

  1. The published admission number (PAN) will be 60.
  2. The sibling criterion will remain unchanged.
  3. Medical & social needs criterion will be removed and applications will not be considered under this criterion for September 2018.

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2018-2019 Determined Admission Arrangements


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


Pupil Vacancies and In-Year Admissions 2016-2017

We currently have no pupil vacancies in our school.

Cathedral Primary School is oversubscribed and we operate waiting lists for year groups Reception to Year 3. You are welcome to make an application for your child to go on the waiting list for a year group other than the normal points of entry (Reception Year). Please note under the School Admissions Code we are unable to give you any indication as to the likelihood of being able to offer a place.

In Year application form 2016/17 (complete and post to the school) – click here

Cathedral Primary School Admission Arrangements 2016/17 (paragraph 10 refers to in year admission) – click here

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


Admissions Introduction

Cathedral Primary School currently accepts applications each year for Reception only. The deadline for September 2017 applications is 15th January 2017; applications received after the deadline date are treated as 'late' applications under the terms of our 2017/18 Admission Arrangements.

Cathedral Primary School is its own admission authority and is part of the Coordinated Admissions Scheme with Bristol City Council.

All applicants for Cathedral Primary School places should complete both the:


Visiting Cathedral Primary School

For families interested in applying for a place at Cathedral Primary School, tours are available throughout the year. Tours must be booked through our School Administrators on 0117 353 2052.

The tours typically involve:

  • A look around Cathedral Primary School's current premises in Abbey House

  • Q&A session with our Head Teacher, Mrs Sara Yarnold

  • An opportunity to see the Cresswell Centre, use of which is shared between our School and Bristol Cathedral Choir School.


Admissions FAQ

1. I would like to apply for a Reception place for my child for September 2017. When can I do this? 
The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017; applications received after the deadline date are treated as 'late' applications under the terms of our 2017/18 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 2017 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 2017 are made by your home Local Authority on Tuesday 18th April 2017, 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 for Cathedral Primary School?
Our CPS Admission Arrangements (section 4e) state that places will be allocated by Random Allocation to those living in the following postcodes: BS1 to BS25, BS29–37 and BS40–49. These are the BS postcodes in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset local authority areas. 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.

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?
Yes. See section 4b of the CPS Admission Arrangements.

10. What is your timetable for Admissions Appeals for Reception places for September 2017?
The closing date for lodging an appeal is Monday 15th May 2017. CPS Reception appeals will be heard in the week commencing Monday 26th June 2017.

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2018-2019 Determined Admission Arrangements

2017-2018 Determined Admission Arrangements

2016-2017 Admission Arrangements