Choosing a Secondary School

Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s)

The application process for transferring to Secondary School opens on 30 September 2019. The application deadline is 25 November 2019.

Apply online at

The Council is required to enable parents to express a preference for their preferred schools. To consider your application fully we also require that you give reasons for each preference listed to enable your application to be assessed against the admission criteria of your preferred schools. You will be asked these questions during the online application process.

Before making your application it is very important that you read the information contained in the Information for Parents Booklet 2020/21 which is available at It is important that you understand the admission criteria for each school.

Co-ordinated Admissions

For the 2018/19 school year the Governing Bodies of Whitchurch High (Foundation) School, Corpus Christi RC High School and St Teilo’s CW High School have agreed to participate in a pilot scheme for co-ordinating admissions in Cardiff. You now must apply online for these schools and all Community Schools in Cardiff.

If you apply for Corpus Christi RC High School or St Teilo’s CW High School you must also complete a supplementary form which is available from the school.

Please note, The Bishop of Llandaff CW High School, Mary Immaculate RC High School or St Illtyd’s RC High School are not part of this pilot. If you would like your child to attend any of these schools you will need to apply directly to the school.

 Top tips

  • You are able to express up to 5 school preferences on your application. We recommend that you use all 5. It is understood that Welsh-medium applicants may only wish to apply for Welsh-medium schools, in this case we recommend you apply for all 3 in your order of preference.
  • Submitting your application on time is strongly recommended. If your application is late, you are unlikely to get your preferred place. In 2019 55% of schools were oversubscribed in the first round. We strongly recommend parents to submit an application on time.
  • Anyone can apply for Welsh medium schools regardless of if the family is Welsh speaking. All are encouraged to consider the benefits of Welsh medium education.

Applications must be submitted between Monday 30 September 2019 and Monday 25 November 2019 to be considered in the initial allocation of places. We strongly encourage you to submit your application during this period as this will maximise your chance of securing a place at your preferred school.

You will not receive an offer of a school place if you do not submit an application. It is very important that you apply on time as late applications will only be considered after all applications received on time have received their offer of a school place. No reminders will be sent.

If your child is the subject of a statement of special educational needs or is undergoing a formal assessment you are still required to submit an application for your preferred school places. You will be notified of your child’s proposed school place by the Achievement and Inclusion Service as soon as possible.

Whilst living in a catchment area can help your child’s chances of receiving an offer of a place at the school if applied for, there is no guarantee this will be possible. You can check your catchment area Community Schools for your address at

 Information relating to Voluntary Aided (Faith) Schools must be obtained from the individual school.

If you would like support with your application, assistance is available at Council Hubs. Please take this letter with you to aid your application. Details of Hubs can be found here:


Yours sincerely,

School Admissions Team.