How to apply for a school place
The process to apply online for a school
place closed on 27th November. Applications made outside of these
dates or for nursery and in-year
transfers will need to contact the School Admissions Team
for the relevant application form.
We are the admission authority for all
community primary and secondary schools in the borough. Parents /
carers of pupils due to change school in the annual admission round
must either apply online or by completing the relevant
application form indicating their preferred school. This procedure
also applies to parents who wish to apply for St Joseph's RC School
& 6th Form.
Admission to all Voluntary Aided Infant /
Junior / Primary Schools these include: St Joseph’s RC
Primary School, St Therese’s RC Primary School, St Joseph’s Infant
School, St Joseph’s Junior School, Alderman Davies Church in Wales
Primary School and Bryncoch Church in Wales Primary School is the
responsibility of the Governing Body and all applications for
admission should be made direct to the school.
Full details of Neath Port Talbot
admission policy can also be found in the Information for Parent
Handbook available from School and Family Support Team 01639
763600, along with a full school list and contact details.
The Council uses a feeder school system as
part of its Admissions over-subscription criteria.
All requests for admission to community
schools must be approved by us. For more information on schools
please click on the link below.
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.
In accordance with the School Admission
code 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 result
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. The Council aims to comply with parental
preference as far as possible, subject to the availability of
Only when a school has reached its pupil
admission number (the number that can be admitted to a school in
any one year group), will applications be refused for that
particular school by the Council.
School Capacity and Pupil Admission Numbers
Types of Admission
There are two types of admissions:
1. Annual Admission Round
The annual admission round covers all pupils who are due to
change schools in the September of each year.
- Admission to nursery
- Admission to reception class (Infant / Primary)
- Transfer from Infants to Junior School (Year 3)
- Admission to Secondary School (Year 7 including St Joseph's RC
School & 6th Form)
- Admission to 6th Form (Year 12)
2. In year admissions (Moving schools during the school
There are number of reasons why parents find
it necessary to move their child from one school to another.
Obviously, a fresh start at a new school at the beginning of the
school year would be the choice of most parents and every
consideration needs to be given avoiding a change of schools during
the school year. However, circumstances do not always make this
possible and a move during the school year becomes unavoidable. But
before taking the decision to change schools, parents are strongly
advised to talk to their child’s teacher or head teacher. They may
be able to help as many issues that worry children and their
parents can often be sorted out without the need to move schools.
So please, take time to talk to the staff at your child’s school
before making the move.
Changing Schools can be a serious step for
your child to take. This is especially so in the Secondary
sector, in particular when they reach Year 10 or
11 and have already chosen and are studying their
selected exam options. Their choice of options, or exam boards may
be completely different in a new school, even if this school is
still within Neath Port Talbot. Careful consideration should
therefore always be given before making any decision to change
schools. If there is no other way forward then download an In
Year application form.
Please be advised that parents should not
remove children from a school until an admission to an alternative
school has been agreed.
Appeal school application decision
Most pupils in Neath Port Talbot are allocated
a place at their first choice school. If we can’t allocate a
place at the preferred school, an alternative school place will be
offered. You must then decide whether to accept the place or
to appeal again the decision.
If parents are dissatisfied with the result of
an application for a particular Community school, an appeal may be
submitted to an Appeal Panel, which is independent of the Admission
Section and Council.
An appeal must be made in
If you appeal, we will ask a panel to consider
your case. The panel must consist of three to five
- People who are eligible to be
lay members (this excludes anyone who has managed the affected
school or who has taught in any school).
- People who have experience in
education; who are familiar with educational conditions in the
area; or who are parents of registered children at a school (other
than the school at which the appeal is made).
Independent appeal panels must consider each
The decision of the appeal panel is binding on the
council and the school governors.
For all other queries please contact the School Admission Team
on 01639 763580 / 01639 763730 or email@example.com
Last Updated: 01.12.2015 at 09:18