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School Admission Arrangements 2020/2021 

Change to admission arrangements for the transition from primary to secondary school oversubscription criteria


The Vale Council is consulting with parents on a proposed change to secondary school admission arrangements for the academic year 2020/2021.


The Council is considering a change to the admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria for secondary schools to ensure that those living in a school catchment area will be a high priority for admission to a school in the event of oversubscription. The proposed change will prioritise those living in a school's catchment area and remove the feeder primary school as an oversubscription criterion. This will give priority to pupils living in an area to gain a place in their local school.


Reasons for the proposal 

The admission arrangements currently in place prioritise children transferring from primary school to secondary school who attend a feeder school and live in a schools catchment area. The change would reinforce the position to ensure that children can attend their local secondary school, particularly as a number of large scale housing developments are leading to a rise in demand for secondary school places in certain areas.


The Council is committed to providing local schools for local children where possible. The Councils Admissions Forum has considered this proposal.


The revised arrangements would not prevent parents from applying for a school of their choice, the same options will be available as they are at present but where a school is oversubscribed, residence within catchment area would be a high priority when allocating places.


More information on the proposal can be found in the following documents:


Responding to the consultation

The consultation period will run from 14 January 2019 to 22 February 2019. You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:



Check your catchment

Please see link below which will allow you to check the catchment school for your address


Check your catchment




The Vale of Glamorgan Councils Cabinet determined the Councils admission arrangements on the 15 April 2019 for the academic year 2020/21 and approved changes to prioritise those living in a schools catchment area and to remove the feeder primary school system as an oversubscription criteria. The arrangements will become policy for the academic year 2020/21.


The admissions policy is available to download or hard copies are available on request by contacting the Learning and Skills Directorate: