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Secondary school admissions

You will be able to apply online for a Secondary School place for 2019/20 on Monday 24th September 2018. 

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

Key dates for applying  

​Date Step in application process
24 September​​ Applications open​
​19 November ​Applications close
​20 November ​​From this date late applications must be completed on paper.
The online system will not be available. 
​December / January / February​ ​​Applications are assessed against the admissions criteria.
This includes checking and verifying addresses and supporting information.
​​1 March 2019 ​​Offer day
If you applied online an email will be sent to you after 10am.
If you applied on paper a letter will be posted after 10am.
We can give decisions over the phone after 12pm.​


If you would like help to complete your application you can visit one of our advice Hubs.
  • 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. Almost 50% of our schools are filled in the first round. Late applications are considered in the second, third and fourth rounds.
  • 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.
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 RC High School.

Working together with these schools on our collective secondary school admissions has resulted in a greater number pupils securing a place, with many families successfully allocated one of their highest preferences in the first round. The increased certainty following the initial round allocations improved transition arrangements and reduced the number of families that would previously have been made to wait for the return of multiple offer places and reallocation in subsequent rounds.

This programme continues to operate and means that you will apply directly to the local authority for these schools and we will make school offer to you. This makes allocations efficient and convenient for you as applicants and us processing your preferences.

This means you apply for the schools listed above you by using the on line application service and you can list 5 preferences.

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 get direct from each school.

The remaining Cardiff faith schools at secondary phase opted not to join with us for their admissions and so if you wish to apply to them you must contact them directly.