Applying for a Primary school place for your child can be a bit daunting if you have never done it before, however to make life easier we have all the information you need to know and the deadline for admission applications at Primary Schools
Before you put in an application for a place at a primary school it’s a really good idea to contact the school you are thinking of sending your child to, have a chat with the them and visit the school. Talking to the teachers and head teacher is a great way to give you confidence that you are making the best choice for your child. Don’t forget even if you have spoke with the school and they have told you that there are places until you’ve made an application and had confirmation from your local council (or school if a faith school) that your child has been accepted they cannot start school.
When you are applying for a primary school place you must apply direct to the local authority that the school is located in, unless it is a faith school and they you must apply direct to that school.
At What Age can your Child Start School in West Wales?
At the age of 4 years old your child is eligible to attend primary school full time; however, you do not have to send your children to school until they are 5 years old although a lot of parents fell that by starting them at 4 is more beneficial for the child.
Many schools now offer a Nursery place once your child turns 3, this is usually on a Part time basis e.g Morning or Afternoon session and can have start dates in January, or April or September. The deadline dates and application process is the exact same as primary school places, just remember even though you maybe in a school for nursery this does not mean you will automatically gain a place in the primary school you will need to apply for your primary school place additionally.
How to Apply for a School Place in West Wales
West Wales Local Authorities only accept school applications online. The information you will need to do this is:
- Parent/guardians name and address
- Parent/guardians email
- Childs name, address and date of birth
- Choice of school – you can choose up to three schools in order of preference in some local authority areas
If you don’t have an e-mail address you can’t apply online, please go to your local school and they will assist you with your application.
When to Apply for a School Place in West Wales
First off, it’s worth saying that there is no advantage to making an early application, so don’t fret if you have left it to the last minute, it's just important that you apply on time! If you've missed the deadline you can still make a late application, but this is when it may affect your chances of getting a place. (This may be different when applying to a faith school)
For Exact Deadlines of when you need to apply for the link below for your area:
For Exact Deadlines of when you need to apply for Primary School in West Wales Click Here
For Exact Deadlines of when you need to apply for Primary School in Swansea Click Here
For Exact Deadlines of when you need to apply for Primary School in Carmarthenshire Click Here
For Exact Deadlines of when you need to apply for Primary School in Neath Port Talbot Click Here
For Exact Deadlines of when you need to apply for Primary School in Pembrokeshire Click Here
What Happens Next
You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement of your application and moving forward all correspondence about your application will be sent to you via e-mail.
If your application was on time you will be notified on around March for Secondary School Places and April for Primary School Places, you will find the exact dates on the same link as the deadlines above.
If your application was late it reduces your chances of getting a place and local authorities can’t guarantee your child will start at the beginning of term. In this instance you will be notified as soon as councils are able roughly most local authorities can take up to six weeks for the application process.
If you are offered a place you MUST accept or decline the place you’ve been offered by the date noted on the e-mail. If you don’t your place may be withdrawn. Once you’ve accepted your child’s place you MUST contact the school to agree a start date.
When it comes to accepting an offered place, you maybe asked to provide proof that you are actually living at the address that you submitted as your home address. Here is a list to give you an idea of the type of Evidence you may be asked to provide:
- Original authority tax or housing benefit bill or notification letter
- Original utility bill
- Original award letter of Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit award letter
- Mortgage payment document/Tenancy Agreement
- Valid current photo ID driving licence
If you don’t get the school place you are applying for, you can appeal the decision and to do this you really need to speak with your local authority as they each have different processes you need to go through, to help here are the links with more information for each West Wales area:
How to Appeal if Refused a School Place in Swansea Click Here
How to Appeal if Refused a School Place in Carmarthenshire Click Here
How to Appeal if Refused a School Place in Pembrokeshire Click Here
How to Appeal if Refused a School Place in Neath Port Talbot Click Here