School admissions


Powys County Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools in the county. Castle Caereinion School’s Governing body is responsible for implementing the admission arrangements on behalf of the County Council.

Admission Information – extracts taken from the Powys Primary and Secondary Schools  ‘Information and Admissions Arrangements’ booklet.

Age of Admission

Unless other acceptable arrangements are made, a child is required to attend school fulltime from the beginning of the term following the fifth birthday. From the commencement of the Autumn Term, September 2018 in Powys a child may be admitted to school, at the parent/carers’ request, on either a full-time or part-time basis at the beginning of the Autumn Term following the fourth birthday. (One intake each academic year.) This means that:

If your child is born between

They can start school in

1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016

September 2020

1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017

September 2021

1 September 2017 – 31 August 2018

September 2022

1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019

September 2023

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Castle Caereinion School places will be allocated up to the school’s standard number or any higher published admission number. Should the number of applications exceed places available, the over subscription criteria will be used in determining admission.

Pupils with a statement of special education needs from Powys County Council, which names a specific school which the child should attend because their needs can be best met by that particular school and its facilities will be automatically, allocated a place.

The Authority has adopted, in order of priority, the following criteria.

  1. Looked after children in Powys
  2. The presence of an elder brother or sister in the school when the home remains in the allocation area of the school which applied in the year the elder child was first admitted and that the older sibling* will be on roll when the younger sibling is admitted
  3. The location of the home if it is within the current allocation area of the school
  4. Any special medical and social needs relating to the individual child where attendance at particular school is essential
  5. The presence of a brother or sister at the school when the home is not in the original or current allocation area for the school and the older sibling will be on roll when the younger sibling is admitted.
  6. The location of the home in relation to the school and alternative schools if it is outside the current allocation area of the school

* Sibling includes half-siblings, step-siblings, and foster children living in the same household.

Within each criterion, places will be allocated on the basis of the shortest walking distance to the school, in strict order of distance, up to the number of places available, the highest priority being given to the pupil living closest to the school.

The LEA supports the principle of meeting parental preferences wherever and whenever possible. However, it must be recognised that it may not be possible to comply with parental preferences if a school, in admitting a child, will be in breach of the requirement to comply with the statutory duty in respect of infant class sizes.

The Authority does not operate a waiting list system.


Parents can request from the Headteacher of Castle Caereinion School a copy of the Information for Parents Booklet, which contains Parental Preference and School Transport application forms.