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Secondary school admissions

If your child is in year 6 and was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 (inclusive), they must attend a secondary school in September 2020 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 2019.

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.

Once you have read the relevant information in the admissions guide, you can either apply online or download and print an application form to complete by hand and return to:

South Gloucestershire Council
Department for Children, Adults and Health
Admissions and Transport Team
PO Box 1955
BS37 0DE

Applications received after the closing date of 31 October will be dealt with as late applications and will be considered after the 2 March 2020.  This means that you will 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 2 March 2020.  You must reply to offers made no later than 16 March 2020.

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.

If you would like to apply for the UTC, you should contact Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy directly, telephone: 0117 9838080, email:

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 863314/01454 863295/01454 863156

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