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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 moving from junior/primary school (Year 6) to secondary school ( Year 7) in September 2022:

Action Date
Applications open Monday 18 October 2021 at 10am
Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms Friday 21 January 2022 at 4pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places Tuesday 1 March 2022
Closing date for parents/carers to submit appeals  Tuesday 29 March 2022 at 4pm

 

View the invitation to apply letter for Year 7 places for September 2022

Infant, junior and primary school admissions

The admissions timetable for reception pupils starting in September 2022, or pupils moving from infant school (Year 2) to junior school (Year 3) in September 2022:
Action Date
Application open: Monday 22 November 2021 at 10am
Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms Friday 11 February 2022 at 4pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places Tuesday 19 April 2022
Closing date for parents/carers to submit an appeal Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 4pm

 

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 2022:
Action Date
Applications open Monday 10 January 2022 at 10am
Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority Friday 25 March 2022 at 4pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places Monday 16 May 2022

 

The timetable for admissions to part-time nursery places starting in January 2023 or April 2023:
Action Date
Applications open: Monday 1 January 2022 at 10am
Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority: Friday 27 August 2022 at 4pm
Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places By 31 October 2022

 

Admissions to voluntary aided schools

The admissions authority for voluntary aided schools is the governing body of the school.

Please contact the following schools directly for the admissions criteria:

  • Archdeacon John Lewis Church in Wales Primary School, Bridgend
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bridgend
  • St Mary’s and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Maesteg
  • St Robert’s Catholic Primary School, Bridgend
  • Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend

 

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 children may not get a place at their preferred school, and this is more likely if they live outside the school catchment area.

 

 Read our School Admissions Policy 2022-2023 for more about our over-subscription criteria.

 

Contact

Learner Support

Telephone: 01656 643643

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