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Secondary school admissions

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Children start secondary school in the September after their eleventh birthday. Parents of pupils in year 6 at a Cardiff Primary School will receive detail​s of the application process.

Apply online 


You can apply for a secondary school place online when admissions are open.

Use the online school applications system to:
  • Create an account if you do not have one already
  • Make a new application
  • Continue with an application you have saved
  • View your application
  • View your school place offers


Login to the School Applications system ​​ ​




If you need help with your application, please read our guidance on applying for a ​school place​


Please apply on time. You can view importa​​​nt dates for applying for a school place​. If you miss the closing date you cannot make a late application online. You will need to complete a late application form on paper. Read information on late applications and fill out a form.

The application process

Key dates for secondary admissions​
​Date ​
​​​​​​​​Step in the application process​
​28 September 2020​
​Application pro​cess for starting Year 7 in September 2021 begins.
​23 November 2020​
​Closing date for online applications. After this date any new applications will need to be done on paper and will be considered as a late application.​​​​
​December 2020 - February 2021
​All applications are processed and assessed against the Admission Criteria. We will check and verify your address and any supporting information you have given us.
​1 March 2021
​Offer day. We will send you an email or a letter if you have asked for your offer to be sent by post. Decisions can also be given over the phone after 12pm on the offer day.
​15 March 2021
​Closing date for you to accept or refuse the place we have offered. We reserve the right to withdraw offers that have not been responded to by this date. This is also the closing date for late applications.
March 2021

​Second round (late) applications processed and assessed.
​May 2021
​Second round results sent out via post. All following rounds are processed on a monthly basis from now on. Waiting List positions available.
​September 2021
​Children start secondary school.​

​Coordinated Admissions

You can apply for all community secondary schools and the following Faith and Foundation schools:
  • 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 is available direct from each school.

​Contact us

If you have a question or would like more information, please contact us.

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