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Applying for a school place


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Choosing a school

Types of schools, catchment areas and selecting your preferred school.

Important dates

Key dates in the application process for nursery, primary and secondary school places.

Help to apply

Tips on applying for a school place. Help with your application.

Nursery school admissions

How to register your details to apply for a nursery school place. Apply for a nursery school place online.

Primary school ad​missions

Information for parents about applying for a primary school place. Apply for a primary school place online.

Secondary school admissions

Information for parents about applying for a secondary school place. Apply for a secondary school place online.

Special circumstances

Guidance for separated families, looked after and previously looked after children, children with compelling medical or social needs and children of UK Service Personnel.

Changing school (during academic year)​ 

What to consider before changing schools. How to apply to change schools during the academic year.

Late applications

How to apply for a school place if you have missed an application deadline.


How to make an appeal if you have been refused a school place.

School Admissions Pol​icy 

Read Cardiff's School Admissions Policy.

Help to ap​ply in other languages

Help to apply​ for a school place in a number of community languages.

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