WCED School Admission Applications For 2025 Now Open

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The Western Cape Education Department has officially opened admission applications for the 2025 school year. Preparations for the next year are currently underway.

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Planning and arrangements for the 2025 school year are currently in progress. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is now accepting school enrollment applications for 2025 for Grade 1 and 8 only.

2025 WCED school admission applications will close on 12 April, giving parents and guardians a month to apply.

How To Apply

  1. Go to the WCED website and click on 'Admissions 2024/25'
  2. Then, click on 'Admission | Grade 1 & 8'
  3. Register as a Parent/Guardian, if you haven't registered yet, by clicking on 'Parent Register'
  4. Log into your profile by entering your ID number and Password and then click 'Parent Login'
  5. Select 'Learner Application'
  6. Select the Grade and answer the questions
  7. Click on 'NEW application'
  8. Fill in the application details
  9. Upload your documents
  10. Click 'Submit application'

To make things easier and provide assistance, WCED has made venues across the province available.There will be pop-up admission sites at over 120 sites which includes shopping malls, schools and other facilities, in all 8 education districts.

We would like as many parents and guardians as possible to apply on time so that we can use this data to plan ahead and further improve the placement process in our province.

Documents Needed For School Applications

WCED has said that it takes around 15 minutes to apply and load the documents online. It's also important to remember that you will need to submit the hard copies of the above mentioned documents later in the year to the final school your child is accepted to.

2025 School Calendar

The 2025 school calendar will run from 15 January to 10 December, making it a total of 199 school days. 

Typically, schools situated within inland provinces will have a different starting date than schools located in coastal provinces, usually with a week's difference between the two groups.

For 2025, schools across the country will open on the same date (15 January 2025) for the first term and will close on the same date, 52 school days later (28 March 2025). 

2025 School Term Dates

First Term 15 January - 28 March
Second Term 8 April - 27 June
Third Term 22 July - 3 October
Fourth Term 13 October - 10 December

School admission applications for Grade R or a transfer between schools in Grades 2 to 7 and Grades 9 to 12 will open from 1 August 2024 and close on 16 August 2024.

  • The last official school Report Card
  • Proof of identity:
    • ID, Birth certificate, or passport of the learner,
    • In the case of a foreign learner: a passport, or a study permit or proof of application for a study permit, or a copy of the parent’s Asylum seeker or Refugee Permit
    • OR A police affidavit if these documents are not available
  • Immunisation card (Road to Health Chart) [Primary Schools only]
  • Proof of Residence (Rates account, Lease agreement, an affidavit confirming residence)

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