Secondary Admissions


The entry of children into secondary schools is controlled and administered by an 'Admissions Authority'. In the case of Community and Voluntary Controlled schools this is the Vale of Glamorgan Council (the Local Authority). In the case of Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools the admission authority is the Governing Body of the school.


Where the appropriate Admissions Authority is the Governing Body of the School, parents are advised to contact the school direct for details and an application form. Foundation and Catholic Schools are detailed on our schools in the Vale page.


Starting Secondary School or Transferring between Schools?

If your child is in Year 6, further information can be found on our starting Secondary School| page. If you are moving to the area or considering transferring your child to a different you may find our transferring schools| page useful.


Feeder Schools


The Council uses a feeder school system as part of its Admissions over-subscription criteria. Linked Primary Schools can be found on our feeder school| page.


Catchment areas

Within the Council, each school has an area that it traditionally serves, called the Catchment Area. For further information and details concerning school catchment areas please contact the admissions section or enter your postcode in the 'Your Neighbourhood' box at the bottom right of the homepage.


In line with current legislation, parents are required to express a preference for the school they wish their child to attend, even if it is their catchment school. Pupils who reside within a defined catchment area will therefore have no automatic right to attend that school. A formal application must be made. Failure to apply could lead to some parents/carers being denied a place for their child at their local/chosen school,  if demand exceeds the number of places available. It must be noted that catchment children will always take priority over applications from outside the catchment area.


Barry Waterfront Development - School Catchment areas

A significant new housing development is underway at Barry Waterfront to build 1600 houses over the next 10 year period.

The catchment area secondary schools for the development are as follows;

Secondary Education

English medium education - Barry Comprehensive (Boys school with coeducational 6th form) and Bryn Hafren comprehensive (Girls school with coeducational 6th Form)

Welsh medium education - Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg

Denominational education - St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

Parents are able to express a preference to attend a school of their choice, either their catchment area school or other local schools in the area where there are places available. The council has ensured that there would be sufficient places around locally to manage the needs of families purchasing homes in the new development.



Tel: 01446 700111