Admission - Applying for a primary school place

Joining Hillcrest

The Bristol City Council Primary Admissions Department manages the whole admissions process.

Our school office team can advise you who to contact and when but we have no influence over how places are allocated.

Find out all about primary school admission, and apply on line for a school place, on the Bristol City Council website here:

Admissions Department Tel: 0117 9037692

You can see the Department of Education's School Performance Tables HERE.


2021 Reception Intake

If your child's 5th birthday will be between 1st September 2021 and 30th August 2022 they are due to start school in September 2021. 

Applications opened on Saturday 12th September 2020 for a Reception place in September 2021. 

The deadline for applications was midnight on Friday 15th January 2021.

Offers were sent out on Friday 16th April and the deadline for responses was Friday 30th April 2021.


If your child has not been allocated a place at Hillcrest and you would like to know what to do next, Carole Hooper at the Primary Admissions department at BCC will be able to advise you. 
Call 0117 9037692 or email 


Visiting the school

Each Autumn we hold an Open Morning for parents of children due to start school the following September. 

Last Autumn, because of Covid-19 precautions, we held this via Zoom.

You can see the slides from the presentation and watch a recording of this Zoom session by clicking on the links  below. 

You can also watch a short film introducing Hillcrest HERE.


In-year Applications

If you are considering applying for a place at Hillcrest for an older child, or at any other time of year, call Sue Cockle in our school office - 0117 3772440 - to arrange a time for one of us to show you around the school (if Covid restrictions allow). 


The number of children at Hillcrest

Our School Governors have set the maximum class size at 30 children, to allow the most flexible and effective use of our refurbished, undersized, Victorian building.

We have two form entry - two classes of 30 children in each year group.


Numbers currently on roll (Updated 23rd June 2021) 


Reception 60
Yr 1 58
Yr 2 60
Yr 3 57
Yr 4 60
Yr 5 53
Yr 6 59
Total on roll 406
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