Advice and guidance around applying for local UK schooling
Please ensure that you are reading the information about Schooling in the Information for Families Guide. This will help you understand which stage your child is at and which type of school (reception/primary/secondary) they should be applying for.
1) Secure accommodation
2) Identify schools in your catchment area
3) Complete and submit a Schools Admission Form to Swansea Council (Primary/Secondary)
3) Contact your local Primary school and complete their application form (Nursery places ONLY)
In order to make a valid application for a school place, you need to have secured your permanent accommodation in the UK (i.e. where you are going to live for all or the majority of your course). The Swansea Council Schools Admissions team will then be able to allocate you the correct school and prevent any unneccessary switching later. Switching schools, especially after a short amount of time, can be extrememly disruptive for both you/your children, the Council and the local schools, teachers and other children. Please ensure that you work with us to make sure that all children are in the correct school right from the start.
Once you have secured your accommodation you can complete a form to be submitted to the Local Schools Admissions Team. The International@CampusLife team are currently liaising with the Council and hope to have a copy of this form, along with guidance on completion, available on this page shortly- so please check back for that.
You will normally have to select 3 local schools within a 'catchment area' this catchment area is usually within a 2 mile radius of where you live. If you put the postcode of your confirmed address and add 'primary school' (or whatever level of school you need) into a search engine, it should bring up the closest schools. You can then visit the individual school sites to see whether the school looks right for you.
Important: You do not apply to a school itself and they do not have the ability to allocate you a place. Please do not attempt to go onto a school site in the hope you can apply there or influence the Schools Admission Teams decision. The ONLY exception to this is if you are applying for a Nursery place (3-5 years- see below)
Once they have received a valid application form, the Schools Admission Team will process and assess this and let you know of the outcome.
Children can access a part-time nursery place from the start of the term after they have turned 3, or the day after their 3rd birthday, and depending on the provision and availability of places at a school. Nursery provision is non-statutory which means that parents can decide whether or not they want to take up a nursery place for their child.
You can submit an application for a place at your catchment school or any other school for which you may have a preference. It is not always possible for children to be admitted to a nursery class within the catchment area for their home address or your preferred school. If there is not a place available in the nursery provision, your child's name will be placed on a waiting list. There is no right of appeal against the refusal to offer a nursery place in a specific school.
Schools in Swansea are responsible for the administration of their nursery applications and parents wishing to apply for a nursery place for the coming academic year can do so by contacting the school of their choice directly. The school will provide parents with an admission application form to complete which will need to be returned directly to the school.
This is the only scenario where a school should be contacted direct in relation to finding a place for your child. For Primary and Secondary age children, you need to follow the process above and apply to Swansea Council.