School admissions

The entry of children into schools is controlled and administered by ‘An Admissions Authority’. In the case of community schools, the ‘Admissions Authority is Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. In the case of Church Voluntary aided schools, the Admissions Authority is the governing body of the individual school.

Within Merthyr Tydfil each school has an area that it traditionally serves. Most parents/carers send their child to the ‘local’ school, but some parents exercise their right to state a preference for a different school.

There are two main categories of school admissions, the annual admission round and mid term admissions.

Annual Admission Round

The annual admission round covers all pupils who are due to change schools in September of each year. This includes:

  • Admission to nursery class/school

Nursery Application Form                 Parent Information Leaflet

  • Admission to the reception class of a school

Reception Application Form              Parent Information Leaflet

  • Transfer from primary school to secondary school

Secondary Application Form             Parent Information Leaflet

In all cases parents/carers of pupils who are due to change schools during the annual admission round will need to indicate, in writing, their preferred school. Pupils who live in the catchment area of a school no longer have an automatic right to attend that school unless a written application is made.

Parents/carers may further express their right of preference for a Welsh medium school or a church voluntary aided school.

For entry into local authority maintained schools for September 2017, the following key dates should be noted:

  • Applications for admission to secondary schools submitted to the School Admission Team by 21st October 2016
  • Application for admission to primary schools (reception class) submitted to School Admissions Team by 18th November 2016
  • Application for admission to nursery submitted to the School admissions Team by 16th December 2016
  • Parents and carers of secondary aged pupils informed of decision by 1st March 2017
  • Parents and carers of primary (reception class) aged pupils informed of decision by 14th April 2017
  • Parents and carers of nursery aged pupils informed of decision by 12th May 2017
  • Appeals against any secondary rejected applications to be made by 15th March 2017.
  • Determination of appeals for secondary schools will be heard within 30 days of the appeal being received in writing.
  • Appeals against any primary (reception class) rejected applications to be made by 28th April 2017
  • Determination of appeals for primary schools will be heard within 30 days of the appeal being received in writing.
  • Nursery education is a non-statutory provision and there is therefore no right of appeal.

Further information, including details of admissions procedures into church voluntary aided schools, can be found in the A Guide to Policy and School Admission Arrangements 2017-18.

Please see the Admission Timetable for Admissions in 2016-2017 academic year.

Mid Term Admissions

This applies to any requests made by parents to transfer their child from one school to another outside the annual admission round. If you would like to transfer schools please contact the Admissions Officer on 01685 724620 to discuss your options and the process you will need to follow.

Mid Term Primary Application Form              Mid Term Secondary Application Form

Applying for a Place at a School

If you would like to apply for a place for your child at a school you must complete and application form. Application forms are available either directly from the school or by contacting the School Admissions Team on 01685 724620 or by e-mail to

Our School Inspection Reports

Schools across Wales are subject to inspection by Estyn. Estyn is the office of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales. You may find this information useful when deciding on a school for your child, and can download a copy of many of our primary and secondary school inspection reports from the Estyn Website.

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