Secondary School places for September 2017

Offers for Secondary School applications for September 2017 will be released at 4pm on 1st March for applications made via the online applic​ation service​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window ​​.

Decisions on applications made on paper forms will be sent out by first class post on 1 March 2017

How to appeal a decision about a school place​.

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 3 Cardiff Community Secondary Schools. 

You are strongly advised to apply for 3 different Community 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: 

Apply online (closed)

Applications are now closed.

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

  • Decisions will not be given over the telephone.




Key dates for applying
​Monday 26 September 2016
Online application service will open
Preference forms will be available from Council Hubs 
Monday 28 November 2016
Closing date for receipt of preference forms and online applications

Wednesday 1 March 2017
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 LEA 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  We normally process late applications on a monthly basis.

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).