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Primary school admissions

If you submitted an application for admission to primary education in September 2018 offers are issued from 4pm on 16 April 2018

If you submitted an online application
 you will receive information via email. If you submitted a paper form you will receive information by post. You will receive information that is relevant to your specific application. ​

Any application where all preferences were refused will also receive the information via post.

You can download copies of the generic information provided with each offer:

This School Offers flow chart (347kb PDF)​​Link opens in a new window ​​ can help you if you are unsure of what to do next.

Children start reception class in primary school the September after their fourth birthday.

To make sure you receive details of the application process, send us your child’s details via our Contact us form at the bottom of this page.


You must give us your child’s:
  • full name,
  • address, and
  • date of birth.  

How to apply for a Primary school place

If you have provided us with your child's details you will receive information about the application process.

Apply online

Applicants are advised not to log into the Application System during Monday - Saturday: 4am – 6am or Sunday: 2am – 9am. 

The application system will allow you to apply for a place at up to 3 Cardiff Community Primary Schools.

Before completing the online application, please read:



Help to complete your online application

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

The benefits of applying online include:

  • No need to wait for a letter in the post – we will email your offer once the decisions have been made.
  • The service is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week up until midnight on the closing date.
  • There is no need to complete a paper application form.
  • The system is secure so that your information is protected.
  • You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been submitted.
  • By making a note of your password, you can change the details of your application up until midnight on the closing date.


Key dates for applying

Please take note of the important dates listed in the table so that you know:  


Key dates to apply for a Primary school place for
September 2019
Monday 12 November 2018
Online application service will open.
Preference forms will be available from Hubs
Monday 7 January 2019
Closing date for receipt of preference forms and online applications

Tuesday 16 April 2019 from 4pm
Notification of result of applications.
Online applicants will receive an email.

Preference form applications will receive a letter posted on this date.


Important dates and other key information about applying for a school place can be found in the Admissions to Schools Booklet (3mb PDF)​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Your preferred school

We recommend that you visit schools before you complete your application. Each school has its own prospectus and staff are happy to show parents around if you make an appointment. View list of schools.


Please note that Faith Schools have separate admission arrangements to other Local Authority schools. Applications should be made to the governing body of the school. Please contact the school directly for more information.


What if I’ve missed the deadline?

If you have missed the application deadline you will need to complete a late application. Late application forms will only be available once the deadline for applications has passed. 

We will consider late applications after all on-time applications have been processed. Details of how late applications are considered and the admission criteria are available in our Schools Admissions Booklet (3mb PDF)​​​​​Link opens in a new window .

What if I need a school place for my child during the academic year?

If you need a place at a Cardiff school during the academic year, you must complete an in-year School Transfer Application


You can apply for a school place at any time of year but we do not usually consider requests more than one term in advance


In Year transfers are available for Years 1-6 (Primary) and Years 8-11 (Secondary).

If you are not moving house or your child is in year 10 or 11 in Secondary school, serious consideration should be given to changing school. You should discuss this matter with your child's present Head teacher before submitting an application. Further advice is available in our Schools Admissions Booklet (3MB PDF)​Link opens in a new window ​​