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.
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School transfer requests
Secondary school admissions
|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|
Infant, junior and primary school admissions
|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|
The timetable for nursery admissions is not governed by the School Admissions Code (2013)
|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|
|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|
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:
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.
Elsewhere on the web
- 2020-2021 School Admissions Policy V2.0 ENGLISH.doc - PDF 207Kb
- 2020 to 2021 Starting School prospectus (English) - PDF 1110Kb
- 2021-2022 Starting School Prospectus - PDF 902Kb
- 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