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Secondary School Admissions

Information and guidance about applying for secondary school places in the Vale of Glamorgan


If your child is attending Year 6 of a Vale Primary or Junior School and is due to transfer to a Secondary school  in September, you will receive a letter from the relevant admission authority advising you of the process.


Admissions to secondary schools will normally be granted provided a schools admission number is not exceeded. Where the number of applications for admission to a school exceeds the number of places available, places will be allocated by applying the published Admission Criteria. 


It is a legal requirement for all parents to express a preference for the school they wish their child to attend/transfer to, even if they are attending the feeder primary school. You can express three preferences and it is recommended that one of these should be your catchment school. 


You are required to use all the preferences available to you in order to secure a secondary school place for your child for September 2021 as places were very limited last year.


Key Dates

Transfer to Secondary School September 2021

Opening Date: 25 September 2020

Closing Date: 27 November 2020

Offer Date: 01 March 2021


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St Richard Gwyn Admissions Arrangements Pilot Scheme

St Richard Gwyn to participate in Co-ordinated Admissions Arrangements Pilot Scheme. Following the introduction of a pilot scheme for co-ordinated admission arrangements for the transfer from primary to Secondary education September 2021, the governing body of St Richard Gwyn R.C High School have agreed to participate in the scheme.


In addition to Vale of Glamorgan Community Schools you can now also apply for a place in St Richard Gwyn R.C High School by using the online application service as detailed above. Please ensure that you have read and clearly understood the admission criteria for the school that you are applying for.


Stanwell School

At Stanwell, the appropriate Admissions Authority is the Governing Body. Parents are advised to contact the school direct for details and an application form.



Check Catchment Area

You can check your catchment area by entering your postcode:



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.


Please Note: Where parents knowingly give false information in order to obtain the advantage of a particular school for their child to which they would not otherwise be entitled, the council reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place. Parents may render themselves guilty of an offence under Section 5(b) of the Perjury Act 1911.