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Primary school ad​missions

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Children start Reception in the September after their fourth birthday. Parents of children in a Cardiff school nursery will receive details of the application process​.​ 

We run coordinated admissions for St Mellons CiW Primary School. You can apply for a place at this school through our online admissions system.​​

For a place at all other faith schools, you need to apply directly to the school. View a list of faith schools in Cardiff (545kb PDF).​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window​​

School placement offer emails and letters​

You will receive your offer either by email or letter from Tuesday 19 April 2022​.​​​

A place at your first preference school ​
You will need to accept this offer by the deadline. You must respond to accept or decline your offer by Wednesday 4 May 2022.

  • A place at a lower preference school
    This happens when your first preference does not have enough places available. Even if you are not sure about the lower preference offered, we strongly encourage you to accept this by the deadline and stay on the waiting list for your higher preference school. You still retain your right to appeal even if you accept a lower offer. 

  • No offer
    This happens when all of your preferences do not have enough places available for us to offer in line with your request. There are still alternative places available in Cardiff schools for your child.

​You must respond by Wednesday 4 May​ 2022. 

You can:

If we have not received your response by 4 May 2022 we will assume that you no longer want the place and it may be withdrawn and offered to another child. 

Once you have accepted the offer the offer the school will contact you with details of the admissions arrangements.​

Login to the School Applications system ​​ ​


For more information on admissions please read the school adm​issions booklet:

​​​The information in these documents has been designed for print. This format may not be fully accessible online.​

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The application process​

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018​
​​​​Step in the applic​ation process​
15 November 2021​​
​Application process for starting Reception in September 2022 begins.
10 January 2022
​​Closing date for online applications. After this date any new applications will need to be done on paper and will be considered as a late application.​​​
​February to April 2022
​All applications are processed and assessed against the Admission Criteria. We will check and verify your address and any supporting information you have given us.
​19 April 2022
​Offer day. We will send you an email or a letter if you have asked for your offer to be sent by post. Decisions can also be given over the phone after 12pm on the offer day.
​April 2022
​Waiting lists are established.
​4 May 2022
​Closing date for you to accept or refuse the place we have offered. We reserve the right to withdraw offers that have not been responded to by this date. This is also the closing date for late applications. 
​May 2022

​Second round (late) applications processed and assessed.
​June 2022
​Second round results sent out via post. All following rounds are processed
on a monthly basis from now on.
​September 2022
​Children start primary school.

Coordinated Admissions

You can apply for all community primary schools and St Mellons CiW Primary School.

Please note that 15 school places are allocated using the Council’s School Admission policy 2022/23 and a further 15 places are allocated by the school in line with their admissions policy.

Contact us

If you have a question or would like more information, please contact us online:

​​​​​​Or call C2C on 029 2087 2087.​​