Admissions | Western Cape Education Department
WCED Call Centre: 0861 819 919
Admission Office Hours: 07h30 - 17h00

Admission to Grade 1 and 8:

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Tutorials for Parents | Guardians

Video tutorial: Admission 2024|25

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Step-by-step guides

Admission 2024|25: How to register and apply

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WCED Learner Admission FAQ

FAQ includes enrolment age for learners entering the school system.

Admissions FAQ: Grade 1 & 8

Learner Admissions: Terms and Conditions

Admissions Help at Schools | Malls | Libraries | District Offices: 11 March – 12 April 2024
Admissions Help Hours: 09h00 – 15h00
Application period for Grade R and transfers (Grade 2 - 7 and 9 - 12): 1 - 16 August 2024

Parents | Guardians MUST upload the following certified supporting documents:
  • Immunisation card (Road to Health Chart) [Primary Schools Only]
  • The last official school Report Card | Results of the learner, for learners who have been to school.
  • ID | Birth certificate | passport of the learner; OR
    • A study permit (foreign learners); OR
    • Proof of application (study permit) or a police affidavit
  • Proof of residence

School admissions:
  • Apply to at least 3 schools (Including the ones closest to your home)
  • Indicate your order of preference on the system

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Admission leaflets: Grade 1 & 8 (11 March – 12 April 2024) | Grade R & Transfers (1 – 16 August 2024)

Admission posters: English & Afrikaans | English & isiXhosa

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Still need to apply for 2024?

The online system is now closed.
If you still need help with an application, you can visit or contact your nearest District Office or your nearest school.

District | Head Office Officials

Appeals for admissions

It is recommended that you first contact the school and request that they reconsider your application should any vacancies become available.

Thousands of learners have been accepted into more than one school – which means that spaces will become available in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you may also:

  1. Write to the schools you have applied to and ask them to place your child onto their waiting list;
  2. You can also engage the School Governing Body to request that the school reconsider their decision;
  3. Speak to your WCED district office about other placement options available to your child;

If you feel that the school made a mistake or acted unfairly in any way you may appeal to the Provincial Minister.

Appeals open for Grade 1 and 8 applications on 1 August 2024, and for the remaining grades, including Grade R, on 1 October 2024.

Send an email to and explain why you think the school’s decision should be overturned.

Please attach the evidence or documents in support of your claim.