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Reception Admissions Information and Advice

How to apply

Parents/carers can express a preference when selecting a school for their child(ren).

Details of all Rhondda Cynon Taf schools can be found in our Starting School Booklet and details of catchment schools can be found using the catchment schools finder .

Parents/carers must complete an application for a reception place.  Parents can apply online for a reception place.  Applying  online is quick and easy.  Follow these steps :-

  1. Visit
  2. Register with a valid e-mail address.
  3. Follow the instructions on the online application web pages.

If you do not have access to your own computer, free internet access is available at any Rhondda Cynon Taf Library.  Alternatively, a paper application form is available by contacting the School Admissions Team on 01443 281111.

Please also refer to the Notes for guidance – admissions’.

Please note that where more applications are received than there are places available, places will be allocated subject to the Council’s published oversubscription criteria.

Key dates for applying

Please note the important dates in the table below, so that you will know when to apply and when you will be notified of the outcome of your application.

Admission Cohort

Age of Pupil

Applications available from

Applications to be returned by


Decision Notifications  Issued

Primary School Reception Class

(i.e. Age 4 before 1st Sept 2024)

5th Birthday falls between:

1st September 2024 and 31st August 2025

1st September 2023

10th November 2023

16th April 2024