Every school in Merthyr Tydfil has an admission number which is set by reference to the school’s capacity to accommodate pupils. The following information relates to admission arrangements for community schools, admission arrangements for voluntary aided church schools can be found in the schools admission booklet or directly from the schools themselves.
A child will normally be offered admission to a community school of the parent/carer’s preference unless the admission number has been reached. Where applications exceed places the local authority will admit children in the following order of priority:
The highest priority will be given by the LA to children who are ‘Looked After’ at the time of the childs admission to the school.
In line with recent changes in legislation, the authority will give looked after children priority when schools are oversubscribed, subject to the following exceptions:
In the vast majority of cases children are offered places at their parents/carers first choice of school. However, if a child is unable to gain admission to a preferred school, parents/carers may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel will judge whether the school is full and, if that is the case, whether the parent/carers plea is so strong that the child should still be offered a place.
Please ring the Contact Centre for advice 01685 725000.