All school places are allocated in line with the school admissions criteria. Please visit School admissions and transfers for further details.
What happens if your child is refused a place?
In the vast majority of cases, children are offered places at their parents' first choice of school. If, however, you child is unable to gain admissions, you will need to decide whether you are willing to accept a place offered at a different school, or whether you wish to continue with you first application.
If you choose to pursue your first application, you may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel will judge whether the school is full and, should that be the case, whether the parent's application is so strong that the child should still be offered a place. It should be noted that nursery age pupils have no right of appeal.
Registering your appeal
Appeals must be given in writing within 28 calendar days of you being notified of the decision not to admit your child to your chosen school.
You can submit your appeal online.
Alternatively, you can submit your appeal in writing to:
What happens next?
The appeal will be referred to the council's Legal Department who will arrange for the appeal to be heard by an Independent Appeal Panel and will set a time and place for the hearing. Parents will be given an opportunity to attend the hearing and making their representations (oral and/or written). Parents are advised that agenciessuch as SNAP Cymru and ACE are available to provide assistance in making appeals.
Please be advised that:
- Parents do not have to attend the appeal meeting and, instead, allow the appeal to be considered on a written statement
- If the parent does not attend the hearing, the appeal will be decided on the information available
- Parents will be given at least fourteen days (from the date of posting) written notice of the meeting of the Appeal Panel
- Parents are welcome to be accompanied by a friend or represented by a solicitor. If represented by a solicitor, parents must inform the Directorate of Education and Lifelong Learning at least seven days before the hearing.
- Parents should note that if your appeal is against decisions of the governing body of a voluntary aided or foundation school, these appeals are heared by a separate appeal panel. For guidance on these appeals, please contact the school concerned.
- Parents should also note that limitations will be placed on the powers of the appeal panel to allow appeals against the refusal to admit a child to a school where infant class size legislation applies. The Authority will not consider a second admission application unless there is a significant change in circumstances (which will need to be evidenced).