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Cardiff Council

Secondary school

​Secondary School applications for 2021/22 are closed.

(Applications were open from Monday 28th September 2020 to Monday 23rd November 2020.)

Children start secondary school in the September after their eleventh birthday. Parents of pupils in year 6 at a Cardiff Primary School will receive details of the application process.

Log in to the School Applications system

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

Key dates for applying

​​Date​Step in application process
​28 September​Applications open
​23 November​Applications close
​24 November​​​From this date late applications must be completed on paper. 
The online system will not be available. 
​1 March 2021
​Offer day​. An email will be sent out to you after 10am. 
We can give decisions over the phone after 12pm.​ 

What if i've missed the deadline?

If you have missed the deadline for applying for a secondary school place you will need to complete a late application form.​ (260kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

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.

Coordinated Admissions

You can apply for all community secondary schools and the following Faith and Foundation schools:

  • ​​Whitchurch High School, 
  • St Teilo’s CiW High School, and 
  • Corpus Christi RC High School. 

Please note that for applications to Corpus Christi RC High School and St Teilo’s CW High School you must also complete a Supplementary Form which you is available direct from each school.