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Secondary school admissions

Secondary School applications for 2020/21 are closed.

(Applications were open from Monday 30th September 2019 to Monday 25th November 2019.)

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
​30 September ​Applications open
​25 November ​Applications close
​26 November​ ​​From this date late applications must be completed on paper. 
The online system will not be available. 
​2 March 2020 ​Offer day​. An email will be sent out to you after 10am. 
We can give decisions over the phone after 12pm.​ 

The Council has agreed that the Admission Number at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr be increased from 180 places to 210 places for the Year 7 intake in 2020/21.

The Council has agreed that the Admission Number at Cathays High School be increased from 165 places to 180 places for the Year 7 intake in 2020/21.

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.