FAQs on admissions
What policy is used to admit children to school?
The school publishes the admissions policy each year; any changes have been consulted with the Local Authority and Community. For more information please see our Admissions Policy.
What is your catchment area?
Bedminster Down School has a single area of first priority responsibility available on the Local Authority’s website here. We mainly serve Bedminster Down, Highridge, Bishopsworth, Headley Park, Novers Park, and Lower Knowle. We also have students currently on roll from outside of this area in Hartcliffe, Withywood, Ashton, and Bedminster.
How does my child get a year 7 place at the school?
At the start of Year 6, you will be sent a letter about the secondary transfer process and about how to apply for a secondary school place. You apply to your home local authority by the closing date of 31 October, for a school place the next year.
Does the school give priority to applications from pupils enrolled at any particular school?
Yes, under our admission policy priority is given to children who are on the roll in Year 6 at Cheddar Grove Primary School, Bristol, or Wansdyke Primary School, Bristol, (both named feeder schools) on November 9th of the year of application.
When will I hear if my child has got a place?
On 1 March an offer of a school place is made to parents/carers who have applied by the closing date.
By mid-March, parents/carers must accept or reject the offer made by the Local Authority.
What if my child is not offered a place in the first round of allocations on 1 March?
Although you may not be allocated a place at this point in the process, this does not mean that a place may not be allocated at a later date; there can be quite a lot of movement during the successive allocation rounds.
Parents/carers are asked to reply to Bristol’s Admissions to accept or reject the offer of a school made by mid-March. Some may turn down the offer of a place here in favor of an alternative school. This can result in more places at the school potentially becoming available. These places will be offered in the second round of allocations. the second round of offer letters is sent out by Bristol Admissions in the first week of May
How are places at the school allocated?
According to the admissions criteria which are published in our admissions policy.
Admissions Policy 2023/24 (Pdf)
Admission arrangements 2024/25
How many students were admitted into Year 7 previously?
September 2020 – 219 students
September 2021 – 218 students
September 2022 – 219 students