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Cardiff Council

Secondary school

​​​​​​​​​Offers for secondary school places for the 2021/22 school year are sent out via email or letter from Monday 1 March 2021.

View a summary of the allocation of school places (218kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Log in to the School Applications system

Guide to using the online application system (807kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window​​​​​​

You will receive one of the following offers: 

  • 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 Monday 15 March 2021.

  • 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.

If you have applied late or you have asked for communication by post you will receive one of the following offer letters:​

​You must respond by Monday 15 March 2021. 

You can:

If we have not received your response by 15 March 2021 we will assume that you no longer want the place and it may be withdrawn and offered to another child.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.​

What if i've missed the deadline?

If you have missed the deadline for applying for a secondary school place you will need to complete a late application form.​ (260kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Help to complete your online application

​Top tips before you apply

  • ​Visit schools before you apply to ensure that you have all the information you need when you make your application. All of our secondary schools host open evenings.
  • Submit your application by the closing date. Over 50% of our schools are filled in the first round.
  • Use all of your preferences. We will try to offer you your first choice preference, but this isn’t always possible. By putting more than one preference you are more likely to get a place at a school that you want.

Coordinated Admissions

You can apply for all community secondary schools and the following Faith and Foundation schools:

  • ​​Whitchurch High School, 
  • St Teilo’s CiW High School, and 
  • Corpus Christi RC High School.

Please note that for applications to Corpus Christi RC High School and St Teilo’s CW High School you must also complete a Supplementary Form which you is available direct from each school.