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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. You can apply for a Reception place at any primary school in Cardiff.

Every area of Cardiff is served by a Welsh-medium community primary school, an English-medium community primary school, a Church in Wales Primary School and a Catholic Primary School. You do not need to speak English or Welsh at home or practice a particular faith to apply for admission any of these schools.

You can find details of your nearest schools and catchment areas using the Nearest Schools tab (please note distances will be the direct distance not safe walking routes).

Online applications for Reception 2023 are now closed.  

You can complete a late application form to apply for a place at a community school.

Applications for faith schools can be made directly to the school

View a list of faith schools in Cardiff (545kb PDF).​​​​ ​

School placement offer emai​ls a​nd letters

You will receive your offer either by email or letter from Monday 17 April 2023​.​

​​​You will receive one of the following offers: 

  • A place at your first preference school ​
You will need to accept this offer by the deadline. You must respond to accept or decline your offer by Tuesday 2 May 2023.

  • A place at a lower preference school
​This happens when your first preference does not have enough places available. Even if you are not sure about the lower preference offered, we strongly encourage you to accept this by the deadline and stay on the waiting list for your higher preference school. You still retain your right to appeal even if you accept a lower offer.

  • No offer
This happens when all of your preferences do not have enough places available for us to offer in line with your request. There are still alternative places available in Cardiff schools for your child.
​You must respond by Tuesday 2 May 2023. 

You can:

  • Accept or decline online by logging in to the Schools Application system from this page.​​
  • Email us to let us know your decision​.

If we have not received your response by 2 May 2023 we will assume that you no longer want the place and it may be withdrawn and offered to another child.

Once you have accepted the offer the offer the school will contact you with details of the admissions arrangements.​​

Login to the School Applications system ​​ ​

If you have applied late or you have asked for communication by post you will receive one o​f the following offer letters:​​

For more information on admissions please read the school adm​issions booklet:

​​​The information in these documents has been designed for print. This format may not be fully accessible online.​

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Welsh-medium education

Welsh-medium education is available to everyone, whatever language you speak at home.

All kinds of families take advantage of Welsh-medium education: families who don’t speak Welsh and those who do, families from all kinds of ethnic and religious backgrounds, families from Wales and those who’ve moved here from elsewhere. 

Welsh-medium education enables children to become fully fluent in both English and Welsh.

It can give your child additional opportunities, experiences and skills.

Find more information on Welsh-medium education​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

The application process​

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019​
​​​​Step in the applic​ation process​
Monday 14 November 2022​​
​Application process for starting Reception in September 2023 begins.
Monday 9 January 2023
​​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 2023
​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.
​Monday 17 April 2023
​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 2023
​Waiting lists are established.
Tuesday 2 May 2023
​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. 
​June 2023

​Second round (late) applications processed and assessed.
​July 2023
​Second round results sent out via post. All following rounds are processed
on a monthly basis from now on.
​September 2023
​Children start primary school.

Coordinated Admissions

The faith schools which are part of the coordinated admissions scheme are: 
  • All Saints C.W Primary School
  • Bishop Childs C.W Primary School
  • Christ The King R.C Primary School
  • Holy Family R.C Primary School
  • St Alban’s R.C. Primary School
  • St Bernadette’s R.C Primary School
  • St Cadoc’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Cuthbert’s R.C Primary School
  • St David’s C.W Primary School
  • St Fagan’s C.W Primary School
  • St Francis RC Primary School
  • St Joseph’s R.C Primary School
  • St Mary The Virgin C.W Primary School
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Mellons C.W Primary School
  • St Monica’s C.W Primary School
  • St Paul’s C.W Primary School
  • St Peter’s R.C Primary School
  • St Philip Evans R.C Primary School
  • Tredegarville C.W Primary School

For St Mellons C.W Primary School, 15 school places are allocated using the Council’s School Admission policy 2023/24 and a further 15 places are allocated by the school in line with their admissions policy.

Contact us

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

Contact us

​​​​​​Or call C2C on 029 2087 2087.​​


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