Secondary school admissions

Page contents:

Secondary school admissions

If your child is in year 6 and was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 (inclusive), they must attend a secondary school in September 2022 unless you decide to educate your child at home.  This is a very important decision and you are strongly advised to read the South Gloucestershire Secondary school admissions guide before making any decisions and completing your application. Applications for secondary school admission must be submitted by the 31 October 2021.

South Gloucestershire Council provide impartial advice, support and information about choosing a secondary school.  Remember there is no substitute for visiting any school that you are considering. We suggest that you visit potential schools before making your preferences as there are many things to consider such as travel arrangements.

You can find your nearest secondary school on our schools directory. Please note, the distance shown is only intended as a guide and the actual distance used to process your application is measured in a direct line between the address point of the child’s home and a central point within the main school buildings using the Local Authority’s computerised mapping system.

Once you have read the relevant information in the admissions guide, you can either apply online or download and print an application form.

Applications received after the closing date of 31 October 2021 will be dealt with as late applications and will be considered after the 1 March 2022.  This means that you are less likely to receive an offer at one of your preferred schools.

Offers of secondary school places are made to parents/carers resident in South Gloucestershire on 1 March 2022.  You must reply to offers made no later than 15 March 2022.

New secondary school provision in Lyde Green

A new secondary school is being built in Lyde Green for children aged 11 to 16. The school is being developed in a partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, the Department for Education and The Olympus Academy Trust. 

Unfortunately the new secondary school will no longer be opening in September 2022. For information about the new school please visit The Olympus Academy Trust website: Additional information about the school can also be found on the Lyde New primary and secondary school places for Lyde Green page of the council website.

Note for parents who are considering applying for a place in a selective school in another local authority area where an 11 plus selection test is part of the admission arrangements.

Details of the selective test and admission procedures for the grammar schools in Gloucestershire are available from the schools.

Applications for secondary school places must be made to your home local authority regardless of the location of your preferred school(s). Parents are advised to consider including a local non selective school in their preferences so as to increase the opportunity of being allocated a place at a preferred school, if the child does not achieve a high enough selective test score for admission to grammar school.

Parents considering applying to selective schools in any other areas will need to obtain details of the procedures from the appropriate school(s). The 31 October 2021 deadline for preferences will apply.

Information following National Offer Day

Accepting the offered place

If you applied online, you should visit the admissions portal and update your application to accept either:

•           your highest rank preference, if you have been offered it
•           a lower rank preference or alternative offer if you were refused a place at your highest rank preference

If you applied by email or by post, you should receive a letter in the post with a response form. You may send your response to

Preferred school not offered

If you have not been offered your preferred school(s), you can either:

•           accept the offer you have been given
•           remain on a waiting list for any vacancies which may occur at your preferred school(s) until end December 2022
•           change your preference(s) or indicate a change of circumstances
•           appeal for your preferred school(s) – please check the paperwork being posted to you for details of this process

Allocation statements are available to show how school places were allocated where the school was oversubscribed and why it was not possible to offer places to all children who applied. Statements and appeal forms for schools located in South Gloucestershire are shown in the link below.

If you have been refused a place at a school in another local authority, you will need to contact that local authority directly.

Abbeywood school appeal form

Abbeywood school statement

Bradley Stoke school appeal form

Bradley Stoke school statement

Downend school appeal form

Downend school statement

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy appeal form

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy statement

Winterbourne Academy appeal form

Winterbourne Academy statement

Yate Academy appeal form

Yate Academy statement

Studio schools

Studio schools have employer involvement in the curriculum.  They focus on developing the skills needed for employment, which involve personal coaching and work experience, alongside a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school for 11-18 aged pupils.

There is one studio school, Digitech in South Gloucestershire with first admission at Year 10.  Digitech specialises in digital, high technology and creative sectors.

If you decide that you would like to apply for a place at the Studio School, you can complete an on-line application form or alternatively you may complete a paper application form.   

University technical college (UTC)

UTCs are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in one or two technical subjects.  At GCSE they offer a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school for 11-18 aged pupils, including English and maths, as well as specialist subjects.

There is one UTC, Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy, University Technical College in South Gloucestershire with a first admission at Year 10.

Applications for a place in year 10 for September 2022 can be made directly to The Olympus Academy Trust. The application form can be found online at

Further information

You can contact the Admissions and Transport Team, South Gloucestershire Council for further information on any of the above.

Email:  or telephone 01454 868008.

Beta This is our beta website, your feedback can help us improve it.