School Admission

Joining Hillcrest

The Bristol City Council Primary Admissions Department is responsible for the entire admissions process. Our school admin team can advise you who to contact and when. However, please note that we have no influence over how places are allocated.

You can find information about primary school admissions 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 will be sent out on Friday 16th April and you must respond by Friday 30th April 2021.

If your child is not 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 usually hold an Open Morning for parents whose children are due to start in Reception the following September. 

This year, in the light of Covid-19 precautions, we held this remotely, via Zoom, on 20th October 2020.

A recording of the Zoom session is available to watch below. You can also view the slides from the presentation at the foot of the page and 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, Cat or Juliet in the school office - 0117 3772440 - to arrange a time for one of us to show you around the school, if Covid restrictions permit. 


The number of children at Hillcrest

In order to meet the needs of the children already on roll, teaching and learning spaces need to be used flexibly and for a variety of purposes. Therefore Hillcrest Primary School Governors have determined that the maximum class size will be 30 children, to enable the most effective teaching and learning to take place in a refurbished, undersized Victorian building.

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


Numbers currently on roll (Updated 10th March 2021) 


Reception 60
Yr 1 59
Yr 2 60
Yr 3 55
Yr 4 59
Yr 5 54
Yr 6 60
Total on roll 407


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