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Secondary school admissions

Online applications closed on the 19th November 2018. Late applications must be completed on paper.​ Download a late admission form (185kb PDF)​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

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Applications are closed but please login here to view your application​.

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.

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.
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​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window and St Teilo’s CW High School​​​​External link opens in a new window 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.