Schools Feeder Areas

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) launched a campaign to urge parents to enrol their children early for school next year. The department is targeting parents whose children are starting primary or high school, or who are changing schools. The WCED’s enrolment process has two phases, during the second and third terms. Parents who were unable to secure places during the first round can then apply again during the second round. The deadline for the second phase is usually in September.

WCED encourages parents to apply to more than one school because your school of choice may be full. The schools concerned will let you know in writing whether you have been successful. You will need to confirm acceptance of the place in writing. Schools will refer you to the relevant district office if you are unsuccessful at any of the schools. District officials will then help you to place your child.

You need to provide the following with your applications:

A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate.
Proof of residence or work address.
Immunisation card for Grade 1 (if you child is starting primary school)
Transfer card or the latest report for learners who have already been to school.
Study permits for legal immigrants.

School Feeder areas:

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) does not determine feeder zones or areas for schools.

School governing bodies determine admission policies in terms of the South African Schools Act. Some schools give preference to learners from local communities while others accept learners from further afield.

The Western Cape Education Department cannot guarantee places at schools of choice, even if these are the closest to your home. WCED encourages you to accept the next choice of school if the first choice is full.

Compulsory Schooling
School education is compulsory for all learners from the age of 7 until the last day of the school year in which the learner turns 15 or completes Grade 9.

Media Enquiries:


Jessica Shelver
Spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department
Cell: 076 175 0663