School admissions

When can my child start school?

If you wish, you can enrol your child in nursery class in the September following their 3rd birthday. Having a place in a nursery class at a particular school does not guarantee your child a place in a reception class at that school, and you will need to make a new application for reception class.

You can enrol your child in a reception class, at either an infant or primary school, in the September following the child’s 4th birthday.

By law, you must enrol your child at school by the term following their 5th birthday. 

Before you apply, please use this chart to check what type of school place you can apply for, according to your child's age.  

Changing schools during the school year

This is for when you need your child to transfer between schools, for example if you are moving home and need a place at a new school.  

Click here to apply online to transfer to a new school

Alternatively, you can complete a paper school transfer form.

We will process your application within 15 school days.  If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place, we will write to you to explain why.  If we can offer the place, you will receive a call from the new school.

If you want to change schools because of a problem at your child’s current school, please speak to the headteacher first.

Starting school in September 2017

This is for when you need to apply for the first point of entry to Nursery, Reception, Junior or Secondary school, for your child to start at the beginning of September. See the table below to see which year group you can apply for, and when you can apply from:

 Admission group  You can apply from  Child must be born between:
 Nursery 3rd January 2017 1 September 2013 & 31 August 2014
 Reception 3rd October 2016  1 September 2012 & 31 August 2013
 Junior (yr 3)  3rd October 2016 1 September 2009 & 31 August 2010
 Secondary 5th September 2016 1 September 2005 & 31 August 2006 

If you want to transfer to another school at any other time during the school year, please see 'Changing schools during the school year' above.

Click here to apply online for a school place

When you apply online, we will ask you to provide a valid email address, which we will use to acknowledge receipt of your application.  

Alternatively, you can print and post the relevant paper form below:

  Deadline for applications  We will tell you the outcome by:
Secondary 4 November 2016 1 March 2017
Infant - Junior 25 November 2016 18 April 2017
Reception 25 November 2016 18 April 2017
Nursery 24 February 2017 12 May 2017

When you apply, you will be asked to list the schools where you would like to apply for a place, in order of preference. If you express a preference for a particular school, your child will be given priority over children whose parents have not expressed a preference for that school. However, this does not mean that your child is guaranteed a place at that school.

What happens next?

If you have applied for the first point of entry to Nursery, Reception, Junior or Secondary school, to start in September, we will write to you to tell you the outcome of your application. If you receive an offer of a school place, you can consider applying for free school transport.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application, you can appeal (unless you are applying for a nursery place). You can find details of the appeals procedure in the Denbighshire schools information guide.

Free school transport

You can apply for free school transport any time from when your child has a confirmed school place.  However, transport is not available for nursery-aged children.

We normally only provide transport to the nearest suitable school to your home address.  If you have secured a place at a school that is not your nearest suitable school, you will need to make your own transport arrangements.

If you move house, you will need to re-apply for free school transport.  This is because your eligibility depends on the distance between your home and your school.  If you move to a new home, we will need to check your eligibility again.

We do not have primary feeder schools for secondary schools.  Welsh medium education is provided through both category 1 and category 2 schools.  We will provide free school transport  to your nearest Welsh medium school, if all other eligibility criteria are met.

Find out more about the criteria for free school transport, and how to apply.

Finding your nearest suitable secondary school

You can find out what your nearest suitable secondary school is by using our online maps service.

  • Enter your postcode in the box marked 'search for a location' to find your address.  If you do not see your address, click on 'show more results' at the bottom of the dropdown box.
  • Click on the 'My Property' tab and scroll to the bottom of the screen to see your nearest secondary schools in the 'Education' section.
  • To see this information on a map, click on the 'My Maps' tab, and click on 'show map categories' and then 'Education' on the left.
  • Click on the school type you are looking for (e.g. nearest Welsh medium secondary school).  You will then see a coloured area on the map.  Each school is represented by a different colour, and key on the left shows which school is represented by each colour.
  • Click on your property (indicated by the marker) to see a box with details of your nearest school.
  • If you select all three categories of secondary school (i.e. nearest Welsh medium, nearest English medium and nearest faith secondary school), and then click on your property, the box will display your nearest secondary schools in each of these three categories.