Secondary School places for September 2018

You will be able to apply online for a secondary school place from Monday 2 October 2017.


Children start secondary school in the September after their eleventh birthday.

How to apply for a Secondary school place



Parents of pupils in year 6 at Cardiff Primary School will receive details of the application process. 


The application system will allow you to apply for a place at up to 5 schools. 


You are strongly advised to apply for 5 different schools. Listing the same school multiple times or applying for just one Community School does not give you a better chance of being offered a place at that school. 


Before completing the application please read: 



Pilot scheme for coordinated admission arrangements 





Following a consultation to introduce a pilot scheme for coordinated admission arrangements for the year 7 age group for the 2018-2020 school years, the Governing Bodies of Whitchurch High (Foundation) School, Corpus Christi RC High School and St Teilo’s CW High School agreed to participate in the scheme. In addition to Cardiff Community Schools you can now also apply for places in these schools by using the on line application service.

 

If you submit a preference for Corpus Christi RC High School you must also complete a supplementary form which will be available from the school from 4 October 2017 in order for your application to be considered by the Governing Body.


If you submit a preference for St Teilo's CW High School you must also complete a supplementary form which will be available from the school from 20 October 2017 in order for your application to be considered by the Governing Body.


Applications for places at Whitchurch High (Foundation School) will be considered by the Governing Body of the School but you are not required to complete a supplementary form.


Applications for places at Community schools will be considered by the Council. 


Please ensure that you understand the admission criteria for each school you are applying for.




Apply online 



Apply online


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



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


The benefits of applying online include:


  • Access the service 24 hours a day 7 days a week up to the closing date 

  • Be confident your data is secure and protected.

  • Receive a confirmation email that ensures your application has been submitted.

  • Change your application up to the closing date. 

  • Get your offer by email without waiting for a letter in the post.


Please note d
ecisions will not be given over the telephone.


 

 

 

Key dates for applying
​Monday 02 October 2017
Online application service will open
Preference forms will be available from Council Hubs 
Monday 04 December 2017
Closing date for receipt of preference forms and online applications

Thursday 1 March 2018
Notification of result of applications 
Online applicants will receive an email

Preference forms applications will receive a letter posted on this date

*Parents will not be informed of the decision over the telephone*

 

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


We recommend that you visit schools​ before you complete your application.

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.

 

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 Roman Catholic schools and some Church in Wales schools have separate admission arrangements to other LA schools. Please contact the school directly for more information.

The late application form will only be available once the deadline has passed.


If you have missed the deadline for applying for a secondary school place you will need to complete a late application form (105kb PDF)​​Link opens in a new window ​​

 

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


Late applications to Faith School and Whitchurch High  (Foundation) School must be made directly to the school.

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 and should be discussed with your child’s present Head teacher before submitting application.

Further advice is available in our School Admissions Booklet (3MB PDF)​​Link opens in a new window ​​​​​



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