Apply for admission to school
We have a statutory duty to, where possible, educate children at the school preferred by their parents or carers.
In the vast majority of cases, parents are happy to choose their catchment school. However it is legally necessary for that school to be selected and named on the ‘Admission to School' form, and returned by the deadline. A place will not automatically be available at a particular school, even if you live in the catchment area.
Bridgend County Borough Council is the admissions authority for community schools. Applications to Welsh-medium schools are made through the same forms as English-medium schools use, and to the same schedules. For voluntary aided schools, the admissions authority is the governing body for the school.
You should apply for your child’s school place online. Get peace of mind seeing that your application has been received via My Account. It’s quick and easy to do, and an email address is all you need.
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Secondary school admissions
|Applications open||Monday 21 October 2019|
|Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms||Friday 24 January 2020|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||Monday 2 March 2020|
|Closing date for parents/carers to submit appeals||Friday 20 March 2020|
Infant, junior and primary school admissions
|Application open:||Tuesday 26 November 2019|
|Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms||Thursday 13 February 2020|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||Tuesday 16 April 2020|
|Closing date for parents/carers to submit an appeal||Friday 8 May 2020|
The timetable for nursery admissions is not governed by the School Admissions Code (2013)
|Applications open||Monday 6 January 2020|
|Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority||Friday 27 March 2020|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||Friday 15 May 2020|
|Applications open:||Monday 6 January 2020|
|Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority:||Friday 27 March 2020|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||By 31 January October 2020|
Admissions to voluntary aided schools
The admissions authority for voluntary aided schools is the governing body of the school.
Please see the starting school booklet for admissions criteria for:
- St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bridgend
- St Mary’s and St Patricks’s Catholic Primary School, Maesteg
- St Robert’s Catholic Primary School, Bridgend
- Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend
- Archdeacon John Lewis Church in Wales Primary School
You can request a hard copy of the starting school booklet by contacting:
In parts of Bridgend county borough, there is pressure on school places. Where applications exceed available places, we will use the over-subscription criteria to allocate places by priority. Consequently, some pupils may not get a place at their preferred school, and this is more likely if they are outside the school catchment area.
Read our school admission policy for more about our over-subscription criteria.
Elsewhere on the web
- School Admissions Policy 2021 to 2022 - PDF 684Kb
- Information booklet about Welsh-medium education - PDF 3072Kb
- Foundation Phase Nursery, A Guide for Parents and Carers - PDF 675Kb
- School Admissions Policy and Arrangements 2019-20 V4 - PDF 223Kb
- 2020-2021 School Admissions Policy V2.0 ENGLISH.doc - PDF 207Kb
- 2020 to 2021 Starting School prospectus (English) - PDF 1110Kb