Moving up to Secondary school

At the age of 11 your child will move to Secondary school. You must make an application for the Secondary School of your choice, there is no automatic transfer from a primary to a secondary school. When your child is in the last year of primary school, you will receive a notification during the Autumn term with information on all Secondary schools in the county and how to apply.

There is no link between the Primary and Secondary schools you can apply for any Secondary school in the County. The application is based on your home address and not the primary school attended. Your primary school may organise taster days at the local Secondary school but we would recommend you visit any school that you are applying for. Your children have the opportunity to learn through either Welsh or English and each school has its own language category. Please refer to the Information for Parents handbook for additional guidance (pages 38 - 40).

If you are considering sending your child to St.Johns Lloyd Catholic School in Llanelli please contact the school directly to make your application.

When to apply

If your child was born between: 1st September 2006 - 31st August 2007 they could start school in September 2018. The deadline for applications is 22nd December 2017

If you've missed the deadline you can still make a late application. There is no advantage to making an early application, it's just important that you apply on time! If you are applying outside of the county please contact the relevant Local Authority.

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 with a .pdf copy of your application. All correspondence about your application will be sent via e-mail or post.

If your application was on time you will be notified on the 1st March 2017. If your application was late it reduces your chances of getting a place. We will notify you as soon as possible but the application process takes up to eight weeks.

If you are offered a place you must confirm that you accept the place you’ve been offered within 14 days. If you don’t your place may be taken away. Once you’ve accepted your child’s place you can contact the school to agree a start date for most children this would be in September.

We only refuse a place at a school if the year you are applying for is full. However, if your child is refused a school place to any of your chosen Secondary schools, there is a right to appeal against this decision.


Page updated on: 01/06/2018