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Secondary school admissions

Offers for secondary school places for the 2020/21 school year are sent out via email or letter from Monday 2nd March 2020.

View Summary of the allocation of places (21kb PDF)​​​​​Link opens in a new window ​​


Login to the School Applications system



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


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 Monday 16th March 2020


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.  ​


N​o 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.  


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


Generic no offer letter (160kb DOC)​​​​External link opens in a new window ​​​​

Generic first preference offer letter (138kb DOC)​​​Link opens in a new window ​​​​​​​​​​

Generic additional preference offer letter (228kb DOC)​​Link opens in a new window ​​​


You must respond by Monday 16th March 2020. 


You have three options: ​​​​​​​​ ​​


1. Accept or decline online by logging in to the Schools Application system from this page. 

2. Email us to let us know your decision secondaryadmissions@cardiff.gov.uk​ 

3. Complete the slip at the bottom of your offer letter and take to your local Advice Hub. 


If we have not received your response by March 16th 2020 we will assume that you no longer want the place and it may be withdrawn and offered to another child. One you have accepted the offer the offer the school will contact you with details of the admissions arrangements.


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


In 2018 Cardiff Council started a coordinated admissions pilot programme together with three partner secondary schools which will continue for the September 2019 admissions process, these include:

  • ​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.
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