Sign In

My Neighbourhood

Use your postcode to find local councillors, facilities, school catchment areas and more.

Find facilities in my area

Cardiff Council

Primary school ad​missions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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​.​ 

For a place at a faith school, you need to apply directly to the school. View a list of faith schools in Cardiff (545kb PDF).​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window​​

Apply online 

You can apply for a primary school place online when admissions are open.

Use the online school applications system to:
  • Create an account if you do not have one already
  • Make a new application
  • Continue with an application you have saved
  • View your application​
  • View your school place offers
Login to the School Applications system

If you need help with your application, please read our guidance on applying for a ​school place​

Please apply on time. You can view importa​​​nt dates for applying for a school place​. If you miss the closing date you cannot make a late application online. You will need to complete a late application form on paper. Read information on late applications and fill out a form.

The application process​

Key dates for primary admissions
​​​​Step in the applic​ation process​
16 November 2020​​
​Application process for starting Reception in September 2021 begins.
11 January 2021
​​Closing date for online applications. After this date any new applications will need to be done on paper and will be considered as a late application.​​​
​February to April 2021
​All applications are processed and assessed against the Admission Criteria. We will check and verify your address and any supporting information you have given us.
​16 April 2021
​Offer day. We will send you an email or a letter if you have asked for your offer to be sent by post. Decisions can also be given over the phone after 12pm on the offer day.
​April 2021
​Waiting lists are established.
​5 May 2021
​Closing date for you to accept or refuse the place we have offered. We reserve the right to withdraw offers that have not been responded to by this date. This is also the closing date for late applications. 
​May 2021

​Second round (late) applications processed and assessed.
​June 2021
​Second round results sent out via post. All following rounds are processed
on a monthly basis from now on.
​September 2021
​Children start primary school.

Coordinated Admissions

You can apply for all community primary schools and St Mellons CiW Primary School.

Please note that 15 school places are allocated by the school in line with their admissions policy and a further 15 places are allocated using the Council’s School Admission policy 2021/22.

Contact us

If you have a question or would like more information, please contact us.