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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.

Apply online

You should apply for your child’s school place online when applications open. 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.

Sign up to My Account today or log in to access, complete and submit your application form.

School transfer requests

Secondary school admissions

The admissions timetable for pupils transferring from junior/primary school (Y6) to secondary school in September 2021:
Action Date
Applications open Monday 19 October 2020 at 10am
Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms Friday 22 January 2021 at 4pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places Monday 1 March 2021
Closing date for parents/carers to submit appeals Friday 19 March 2021 at 4pm

Admission to secondary school (Year 7, September 2021) Letter to Parents and Carers

Infant, junior and primary school admissions

The admissions timetable for a reception class pupil starting in September 2021, or a pupil transferring from infants school to junior school in September 2021.
Action Date
Application open: Monday 23 November 2020 at 10am
Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms Friday 12 February 2021 at 4pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places Friday 16 April 2021
Closing date for parents/carers to submit an appeal Friday 7 May 2021 at 4pm

Admission to Primary school (Children entering reception, September 2021) Letter to Parents and Carers

Admission to junior school (Year 3, September 2021) Letter to Parents and Carers

Nursery admissions

The timetable for nursery admissions is not governed by the School Admissions Code (2013)

The timetable for admissions to full-time nursery places starting in September 2021:
Action Date
Applications open Monday 11 January 2021 at 9am
Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority Friday 26 March 2021 at 4.30pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places Monday 17 May 2021

 

The timetable for admissions to part-time nursery places starting in January 2022 or April 2022:
Action Date
Applications open: Monday 11 January 2021 at 10am
Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority: Friday 26 March 2021 at 4pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places By 29 October 2021

Admission to Nursery (Children entering nursery in September 2021 and during the 2021-2022 academic year) Letter to Parents and Carers.

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 (.PDF 1080KB) 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:

Contact

Learner Support

Telephone: 01656 643643

Over-subscription criteria

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 (.PDF 207KB) for more about our over-subscription criteria.

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