Secondary School Admissions

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.


School children in corridor

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 two preferences and it is recommended that one of these should be your catchment school.




Key Dates

Transfer to Secondary School September 2020

Opening Date: 25 September 2019

Closing Date: 29 November 2019

Offer Date: 01 March 2020


Please note the closing date has now passed. If you would like to submit a late application, please complete and return the form below to the admissions team via e-mail: or alternatively via post: School Admissions Team, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU.


Secondary 2020 Late Application




Secondary School Open Evenings

Each Secondary School offers students and parents the opportunity to gain an insight into life at the school by attending open evenings, which can include Q&As for particular subjects as well as introductions and tours by members of staff at the school as well as discussing any queries with specific departments. 


Open evenings

Cowbridge Comprehensive


Llantwit Major Comprehensive

17 September 2019, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Pencoedtre High

17 October 2019, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

St Cyres Comprehensive

17 October 2019, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Whitmore High


Ysgol Bro Morgannwg



Please note: Pencoedtre High also offer open mornings (Tuesday 15 October & Wednesday 16 October, 9.00am - 12.00pm)


Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

Entry of children into Secondary Schools is controlled and administered by the Local Admissions Authority. In the case of Community and Voluntary Controlled schools this is the Vale of Glamorgan Council. 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. 




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.