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Mid Term Admissions or Transfers

A request to change schools most commonly takes place where the family moves house and it is no longer practical for the child or children to travel to their current school on a daily basis. The house move may be in-county (moving from one Merthyr Tydfil address to another, and one Merthyr Tydfil school to another) or the family might be moving from elsewhere into Merthyr Tydfil.

This page tells you how to apply for a school place if you need to move your child to a mainstream school in Merthyr Tydfil.

It is important to consider the following points carefully before making the decision to change your child's school.

  • If your child is experiencing difficulties at their current school and you are considering moving them, it is important you contact your child's teacher for a meeting to try to resolve these issues before moving your child which should always be a last resort.
  • The attainment of pupils who make in-year moves is markedly lower than their peers, and lower still among pupils who make multiple in-year moves.
  • If your child is at a critical stage of their education (in year 10 or 11) it is likely that the school you wish to transfer your child to will not have the same choice of subjects as your child's current school and could be at different stages of teaching the curriculum. If this is the case, any work your child has already done towards their GCSEs may not be able to be used. This could have a seriously damaging effect on your child's exam results.

When you can apply

If you wish for your child to move to another school, you must apply for a ‘mid term admission’. You can do so at any time during the academic year.

If you are moving house, you can apply in advance of your move but your child must be able to take up the place within 10 days of the offer date.

If you want a mid-term place to start in September we would require the completed application to be submitted by 30th June of the same year.

Before applying, view the school catchment areas to help you with a decision on the most suitable school.

There is no guarantee that a place will be available at your preferred school.

Please note that you will be responsible for transporting your child to any school you name as a preference, unless you meet criteria and are applying to your catchment school.

If it is the school holidays and you are waiting for the result of an in year application you will need to wait until there is somebody available within the School Admissions Team who will be able to advise you of the outcome.

Mid Term Applications are to be made via our online application form following the link below.

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Please note that after submission of your application, the School Admissions team will seek further information from the current school. The school transfer can take up to 15 school days to be completed, from the date of receipt of the information from the current school.

Applications for Greenfield Special School need to be made through the Additional Learning Needs department (01685 724616).

Applications for VA schools, such as the Roman Catholic schools, will need to be made to the destination school directly.

For further information and advice, please contact the School Admissions Team using the 'Contact Us form at the side of this page.

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