Securing your child’s place in a Primary School is an important first step in their education. We’ve gathered all the closing dates for reception year applications in each county, as well information for those that have missed the deadline.
If your child is four years old before 1st September 2018, they have a right to full-time education in a primary school in Wales and they will be able to start in reception year from this September. (By law, your child must start school by the term after their fifth birthday).
The law does not allow parents to choose a child’s primary school. You can note your prefered school and this will be considered, so you may, or may not, get the school you want.
Applications for a primary school place have already opened and some may have even closed already.
Below, we’ve listed all the deadline dates across Wales, we’ve noted what you can do if your deadline date has already passed, and we’ve linked to the key page you need for further information.
For further information about school admissions and how to appeal, visit here.
Primary School Application Deadlines 2018
Applications for reception places are open until 1st February 2018 – further information here.
The deadline date for primary application forms is Friday, 16th February 2018. Further information in the council’s Starting Schools Booklet for 2018-19.
The deadline has now passed – it was 15th December 2017 – but you can still apply for a school place here.
Late applications? “Those children who live in the school’s catchment area on or before the published closing date, and whose parents have expressed a preference by the closing date, will be offered places first.”
Closing date for receipt of preference forms and online applications has already passed on 8th January 2018. Details here.
Late applications? “Only applications received by the published closing date of 8 January 2018 for receipt of applications will be considered in the initial round of allocation of places. Other applications received will be considered as late applications.” Check the link above for further information about late applications at each school.
You must apply to the school by 31st January 2018. Further information about when and how to apply here.
Closing date is 31st January 2018. All school admissions details here.
The deadline has already passed on 15th December 2017 – more here.
Late applications? “Late applications will not be considered until after those received by the closing date, unless you are able to justify the reason for the delay when returning your form.”
The deadline has now passed – it was 24th November 2017
Late applications? “If you’re applying after the closing date, your application will be processed after all the on-time requests have been dealt with. This means your preferred school may be full by the time we process your application and, for this reason, we recommend that you name more than one preference when applying.” Further information about applying after the closing date here.
The deadline has now passed – it was 24th November 2017 – further information on school admissions in Flintshire here.
Late applications? “You can still apply online but application forms received after the closing date are considered as late and therefore considered after those received on time. This means your child may have less opportunity to be offered your preferred school.”
Closing date is 1st February 2018. Further information on school admissions here.
The deadline has now passed – it was 10th November 2017 – further information on school admissions here.
Late applications? Find the relevant school in this guide to find out what their late application policy is.
The deadline has now passed – it was 12th January 2018 at 12noon – further information on starting primary school here.
Late applications? “Applications determined as being late may increase the possibility of not achieving a place at your preferred School(s). This is because all applications submitted with the necessary evidence prior to the closing date will receive priority over those received after the closing date.”
Neath Port Talbot
The deadline has now passed – it was 27th November 2017 – further information here.
Late applications? “All applications received after the closing date will be processed as late applications. These will be considered on a weekly basis once the initial allocation is complete and places will be allocated in accordance with availability” according to the application form.
The deadline has now passed: it was 12th January 2018. Read more about admissions to infant or primary schools here.
Late applications? “Applications that are received by the school admissions team after the closing date may increase the possibility of not achieving a place at your preferred school.” See details on the application form here.
Closing date is 31st January 2018. Full details here.
Late applications? “Late applications will be considered after all applications received by the specified closing date unless there are exceptional reasons why the application is late, which must be explained at the time of application.”
The deadline has now passed on 12th January 2018, but you can find more details here.
Late applications? “Reasons for late applications must be included in writing with the application along with any supporting documentation. All late applications that are not deemed as exceptions will be dealt with after those who made their application at the correct time.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf
The deadline has now passed – it was 17th November 2017 – you can read more in the council’s booklet.
Late applications? “Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered until offers have been made to those applications made before the deadline, and the parents/carers’ responses to these offers have been received. Applicants may find that their preferred school is already full.”
The closing date for admissions has already passed on 1 December 2017 – further information here.
Late applications? “Any application received after the deadline of 1 December 2017 but prior to the offer day of 16 April 2018 will be considered as a late application and will be considered after all the applications received on time have been allocated places.”
The closing date for September 2018 primary school admissions is Friday 26th January 2018, at midday. Primary school admissions information here.
Vale of Glamorgan
The deadline has now passed: it was 8th January 2018 – further information about applying here.
Late applications? “Late applications will be dealt with only after the first round of applications has been completed. If your application is late, there is a risk that your preferred school will already be full.”
The deadline has now passed – it was 24th November 2017 – further information on reception admissions here.
Late applications? “Late applications will be dealt with after those that have been received on time.”