School Admissions Policy

Age Children Can Start School

4.1 Nursery Age Children – 3 Year Olds

Date by which the appropriate age must be reached and term of admission

  • 31 December 2022: Spring 2023
  • 31 March 2023: Summer 2023
  • 31 August 2023: Autumn 2023

Children may be admitted to a Nursery Class in the term following their third birthday. In a few schools the starting term is later due to agreements with local playgroups, which are outlined below.

  • 2nd term only – Broad Haven, Spittal
  • 3rd term only – Maenclochog, Narberth, Roch, Tavernspite, Templeton, Ysgol Bro Preseli
  • Full time nursery –Clydau, Eglwyswrw, Puncheston, Holy Name

Where schools do not accept part time pupils the term following the third birthday, the applications will still be processed with the same cohort of children according to date of birth and the Admissions authority will inform parents of the relevant start date for the particular schools.

Parents do not need to apply for a full time nursery place. Once a child has started part time nursery at a school, it will be the school’s responsibility to inform parents when the children are able to start full time nursery.  

Being a pupil in a Nursery Class does not make a child eligible for admission to the Reception Class. Parents will need to make a separate application.

If parents are applying for a non-maintained setting for their three year old child then they will need to complete a separate application via the Early Years Team on the Council’s website.

 

4.2 Primary Age Children – 4 Year Olds

Date by which the appropriate age must be reached and term of admission

  • 31 December 2022: Spring 2023
  • 31 March 2023: Summer 2023
  • 31 August 2023: Autumn 2023 

Legislation does not require a child to start school until the term after their fifth birthday and the parent may defer entry until that age. However, applications for deferred entry must be submitted by the same closing date as non-deferred applications.

 

4.3 Secondary Age Children – 11 Year Olds

Date by which the appropriate age must be reached and term of admission

  • 31 August 2023: Autumn 2023  

Parents of year 6 pupils are invited to express their preference for a Secondary School during the Autumn Term of the year prior to the transfer.

Year 6 pupils attending a 3-16 School and who intend to remain at that school will not have to apply to the Secondary phase.

ID: 9161, revised 19/10/2022
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