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Primary school admissions

The closing date to apply for a primary school place for 2020/21 is Monday 13th January 2020
(Applications opened Monday 18th November 2019.)

Children start Reception in the September after their fourth birthday.  Parents of children in a Cardiff school nursery will receive details of the application process​.

Our School Applications system will be unavailable on Saturday 11 January. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Guide to using the online application system (807kb PDF)​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Key dates for applying

​​Date ​Step in application process
​18th November 2019 ​Applications open
​13th January 2020 ​Applications close
14th January​ 2020 ​​From this date late applications must be completed on paper. 
The online system will not be available. 
16th April 2020 ​Offer day​. An email will be sent out to you after 10am. 
We can give decisions over the phone after 12pm.​ 

Help to complete your online application

If you would like help to complete your application you can visit one of our advice Hubs​.

Top tips before you apply

  • ​Visit schools before you apply to ensure that you have all the information you need when you make your application. All of our secondary schools host open evenings.

  • Submit your application by the closing date. Over 50% of our schools are filled in the first round.

  • Use all of your preferences. We will try to offer you your first choice preference, but this isn’t always possible. By putting more than one preference you are more likely to get a place at a school that you want.