Apply for a reception place
A range of schools in Wrexham provide a primary education, including English medium, Welsh medium, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools.
You should complete Wrexham’s local authority application form to apply for a school place, however in some circumstance you may need to complete a separate application form from the school as well (see further information below on voluntary aided, foundation and out of county schools).
Where we refer to ‘our application’ on this page this means the local authority application - as Wrexham Council is the local admissions authority for community schools in Wrexham County Borough.
When and how can I apply?
From September 25, 2023 you can apply for a reception school place for your child. Places are open to children who will have reached the age of four by August 31, 2024.
You can apply online - this is the quickest and easiest way to apply. You will also get an email letting you know your application has been received.
Alternatively paper applications are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please return the completed form to the LA Admissions Officer, Crown Buildings, 31 Chester Street, Wrexham, LL13 8BG.
The closing date for applications is November 17, 2023. Late applications are dealt with after those received on time, so it is important you meet the deadline.
Applying for voluntary aided schools
If you are applying for a Catholic or Church in Wales voluntary aided school, the school may also require an extra application form and supplementary evidence. If so, you will need to fill in and return their separate application form as well as completing our online (or paper) application.
You should check the deadline on any separate school application form because it may have a different closing date.
Applying for out of county schools
You will need to contact the appropriate admissions authority for the out of county school.
We would still advise that you complete our online (or paper) application, stating a preference for a Wrexham County Borough maintained school, even if your first preference is for a school outside the Wrexham Borough or an independent school. This should be done in case the application to your preferred option is unsuccessful.
We (as your local authority) then collect this information and pass it on the following local authorities: Flintshire and Denbighshire.
Out of county schools and independent schools may have a different admissions timetable to Wrexham County, so you will need to contact and check with their relevant admissions authority to make sure you do not miss the deadline.
Can I state preferences?
You can state preferences for certain schools on your application.
It is recommended you select multiple schools and rank them in order of preference, in case one or more of the requests are not successful (listing the same school more than once doesn’t increase your chances).
What happens after I’ve applied?
If you have applied for a community primary, or voluntary controlled school, your application is considered by us (i.e. Wrexham Council, as the local admissions authority).
If you have applied for a Catholic or Church in Wales voluntary aided school, your application will be considered by the governing body of that school.
If the school you have applied for is outside of Wrexham County, your application will be considered by the relevant admissions authority.
When and how will I know about my child’s reception place?
If you have applied for a community or voluntary controlled school we will let you know by April 16, 2024 whether your child has been offered a reception place at your preferred school.
If you have told us that you want to hear via email we will let you know via email, otherwise we will send a letter to tell you about your child’s reception place.
If you have applied for a Catholic or Church in Wales voluntary aided school you will receive a letter from the school’s governing body by April 16, 2024.
Advice and documents
If your child has not been offered a place at a school you expressed a preference for then you can choose to appeal the decision. Appeals must be made in writing to the admission authority that made the decision, giving the full reason(s) for wishing to appeal including any supporting evidence.
The closing date for appeals is May 3, 2024.