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Don’t wait! Get your 2025 school admission documents ready

29 February 2024

Don’t wait! Get your 2025 school admission documents ready

It is already that time of the year again!

The admissions window for the 2025 school year opens in just 10 days’ time, on Monday, 11 March 2024.

Applications for Grade 1 and 8 open at 00h01 on 11 March 2024 and close at 23h59 on 12 April 2024.

This year, this first admission window caters for applications for Grade 1 and 8 only.

Parents who wish to apply for Grade R or a transfer between schools in Grades 2 to 7 and Grades 9 to 12 will be able to apply in the second admissions window between 1 August 2024 and 16 August 2024.

We appeal to all parents and guardians with children entering Grade 1 and Grade 8 next year to please start gathering and certifying the necessary documentation required for their applications, so that they are ready to apply when the admissions window opens.

The following certified documents will be required for all applications:

  • 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)

Getting the necessary certified documentation together in advance will make the online application process a lot easier. Once you have them in your possession, it takes roughly 15 minutes to apply and load the documents online.

You can certify copies of your documents at any police station or post office. Keep these copies together, as you will need to submit the hard copies later this year to the final school your child is accepted to.

More information on the admission process can be found at:

When visiting the site, please also take note of the venues that have been made available across all education districts to provide support to parents and guardians who do not have access to internet facilities or need assistance applying online.

We have arranged pop-up admission sites at over 120 sites which includes shopping malls, schools and other facilities, in all 8 education districts. Diarise the dates for the most convenient facility to utilise near you! 

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.

While we had a setback last year with the cuts to our infrastructure budget, we are delighted that we recently were informed that we received an additional provisional allocation of R2.549 billion to our Rapid School Build programme.

This provisional allocation over three financial years is a massive vote of confidence by National Treasury for our Rapid School Build programme and will be used to build new schools that will expand the number of school places available in the Western Cape.

So Don’t Wait! Prepare your admission documents today!


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Media Enquiries: 

Kerry Mauchline
Spokesperson to Minister David Maynier
Western Cape Ministry of Education