Apply for a Primary school place
We recommend that you contact the school you’d like your child to attend before you submit an application. Visiting the school and speaking to the teachers is a great way of knowing if you’re making the right choice for you and your child. Remember that even if you have spoken to a school and they have said there are places available until you’ve made an application and had confirmation from us that your child has been accepted they cannot start school.
We only accept applications for schools in Carmarthenshire, if you are applying for a faith school or a school in another County please contact them directly.
At the age of 4 years old your child is eligible to attend primary school full time. You do not have to send your children to school until they are 5 years old but many parents find this early start beneficial.
When to apply
If your child was born between: 1st September 2014 - 31st August 2015 they could start school in September 2018 or January/April 2019. The deadline for applications was 31st January 2018.
If your child was born between: 1st September 2015 - 31st August 2016 they could start school in September 2019 or January/April 2020. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2019.
There is no advantage to making an early application, it's just important that you apply on time! If you've missed the deadline you can still make a late application but it may affect your chances of getting a place.
How to apply
We only accept applications for Carmarthenshire schools and you can only apply online. You will need to provide the following information:
- 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
* Anyone with parental responsibility must agree to this application before you submit it.
** 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.
What happens next
You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement of your application where you can print a copy of the completed form for your records. All correspondence about your application will be sent via e-mail.
If your application was on time you will be notified on April 16th or next working day e.g. Term starts in September 2019 you will be notified April 16th 2019.
If your application was late it reduces your chances of getting a place and we can’t guarantee your child will start at the beginning of term. We will notify you as soon as possible but the application process can take up to six weeks.
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.
We only refuse a child’s school place if the year you are applying for is full. However, if your child is refused a school place to any of your chosen Primary schools, there is a right to appeal against this decision. You will also need to inform us in writing if you wish your child's name to be kept on a waiting list until 30th September and if a place becomes available we’ll let you know. You can make a late application for other schools.
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