School admissions

Primary - admission to Nursery or Reception class - September  
2021; deadline 1 February 2021

Children who are 3 years old before 1 September have a right to part time education in a primary school (Nursery class).

Children who are 4 years old before 1 September have a right to full time education in a primary school (Reception class).

Apply online for your child to attend a Gwynedd primary school:

Or you can download an application form.

Return the form by 1 February 2021 (for September 2021 admission).

To see the school admissions policy for Gwynedd go to the Information for Parents Handbook

You can check which schools' catchment areas you live in by searching for your post code on Where I live

If you live in Gwynedd but wish to send your child to a school in another county you will need to contact that authority and follow their procedures.

Transferring / changing schools

If you want to move your child from one school to another (not move from primary to secondary) you need to discuss with the head teachers of the related schools. After discussing with the head teachers:

Or download an application form.


For any information about the admission policy, go to the Information for Parents Handbook

You can check which schools' catchment areas you live in by searching for your post code on Where I live.

We advise you not to move pupils during a school year so as not to impair their education.

Transfer from Infant to Junior school - admission in September
2021 only; deadline 1 February 2021

All parents who’s children are due to leave a Infant school need to apply for a place in year 3 or 4 at another school before 1 February 2021. This also applies to schools which have 2 years of entry such as Ysgol Gynradd Nefyn and Ysgol Sarn Bach. To make an application for your child to transfer to a Junior school:

Return the form by 1 February 2021.

For more information about the admissions policy for Gwynedd schools go to the Information for Parents Handbook

If you live in Gwynedd but wish to send your child to a school in another county you will need to contact that authority and follow their procedures.

Voluntary Aided Schools - admission in September 2021

There are two voluntary aided primary schools in Gwynedd: Ysgol Ein Harglwyddes and Ysgol Santes Helen.

As the Governing Body of voluntary aided schools are their own Admission Authority, admission to the three voluntary aided schools is the responsibility of the Governors.

For admission to a voluntary aided primary school, a written application should be made directly to the school.  

Secondary - admission in September 2021

Parents of year 6 pupils can make an online application for your child to attend one of Gwynedd’s secondary schools in September 2021.

Or download an application form.

Applications must be received by 18 December 2020 (for September 2021).


You have a right to appeal any decisions to an independent panel.

For more information about the admissions policy for Gwynedd schools go to the Information for Parents Handbook

You can check which schools' catchment areas you live in by searching for your post code on Where I live.

If you live in Gwynedd but wish to send your child to a school in another county you will need to contact that authority and follow their procedures.

Admission criteria

For any information regarding admission criteria for schools, go to the Information for Parents Handbook