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 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 admissions timetables
Secondary school admissions
The admissions timetable for pupils moving from junior/primary school (Year 6) to secondary school (Year 7) in September 2024 (Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013):
|Applications open||Monday, 16 October 2023 at 10am|
|Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms||Friday, 19 January 2024 at 4pm|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||Friday, 1 March 2024|
|Closing date for parents/carers to submit appeals||Friday, 29 March 2024 at 4pm|
Infant, junior and primary school admissions
The admissions timetable for Reception pupils starting in September 2024, or pupils moving from infant school (Year 2) to junior school (Year 3) in September 2024 (Reception – Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020. Year 3 Junior school – Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017):
|Application open:||Monday 13 November 2023 at 10am|
|Deadline date for us to receive completed application forms||Friday 16 February 2024 at 4pm|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||Tuesday, 16 April 2024|
|Closing date for parents/carers to submit an appeal||Tuesday, 14 May 2024 at 4pm|
Full-time 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 2024 (Children born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021):
|Applications open||Monday 8 January 2024 at 10am|
|Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority||Friday 5 April 2024 at 4pm|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||Thursday 30 May 2024|
Part-time Nursery admissions
The timetable for admissions to Part-time Nursery places starting in January 2025 or April 2025 (January 2025 – children born between 1 September 2021 and 31 December 2021. April 2025 – children born between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2022):
|Applications open:||Monday 8 January 2024 at 10am|
|Closing date for receipt of applications by the local authority:||Friday 30 August 2024 at 4pm|
|Notification to parents/carers of acceptance/refusal of places||By 31 October 2024|
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.
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
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- School Admissions Policy 2022-23 - PDF 661Kb
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