Only 1 in 2 succeed in bid to get into most popular primary school
ONLY half of all parents who put Brentry Primary School as their first choice got in, latest figures show.
More than 5,000 parents in Bristol will be putting in their applications for a Reception school place in September 2019.
But with a growing population and increasingly positive education picture, the competition for places is hotting up.
Every school filled their spots with first-choice offers, making Bristol one of the most competitive areas in the South West to get into a school of your choice.
Primary schools around the cities are now inviting parents to come in for open days and open evenings, ahead of the January 15 deadline next year.
Most parents will choose their schools before the Christmas break, although they can change those choices online up until the deadline.
Parents should use all three of their options, not just one. Contrary to popular belief, using just one choice does not mean your child will have to be admitted there. It just means you’ve forfeited your other two choices.
And given the competitiveness in Bristol’s primary schools, you risk being sent further afield.
We’ve crunched the data provided by the Department for Education for entries in the most recent school year – 2017/18 – and here are the top 10 most popular schools, based on the number of offers which were given to parents who put the school as their first choice. 1 Brentry Primary School
60 first choice, 30 got in.
2 Victoria Park Primary School 117 first choice, 59 got in.
3 Cathedral Primary School 109 first choice, 59 got in.
4 St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
49 first choice, 28 got in.
5 Whitehall Primary School
142 first choice, 88 got in. 6 Horfield CofE Primary School 86 first choice, 55 got in.
7 Elmlea Infant School
125 first choice, 88 got in.
8 Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic 38 first choice, 28 got in
9 St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
34 first choice, 25 got in
10 St Teresa’s Catholic Primary 36 first choice, 27 got in.