School admissions

All VA and Academy schools are responsible for drawing-up and agreeing their own admission arrangements annually, and for publically consulting on their admission arrangements periodically.CE schools must also consult with the Diocese prior to any public consultation.

When constructing admission arrangements CE schools in the Diocese of Bristol must follow the School Admissions Code as well as Diocesan Guidance.

The Diocese is able to provide support and training for school admissions through Clare Stansfield (Schools Officer – Governor Development and Admissions),, 0117 906 0100.


Diocesan Guidance on Admissions

DBAT Admissions guidance (for DBAT schools)

Link - School Admissions Code

Admissions training

The following training can be arranged by contacting Clare Stansfield.

Is your school or academy responsible for its own school admissions? The Diocese has a responsibility to provide these schools with guidance on admissions law and the admissions process.

We are seeking to ensure that all Church schools are conducting their admissions processes correctly and within the law. This course is suitable for governors and/or school staff to attend.

The course will aim to:

  • clarify governors’ and school staff responsibilities within the admissions process;
  • highlight some common mistakes that schools make;
  • answer any questions that arise.