The City of Cardiff Council normally require a fixed postal address in order to allocate a child’s school placement, however, the council will endeavour to support families of ex-service personnel by allowing placements of their children in Cardiff Schools without a fixed address and formally offer them a place once they have moved into a catchment area.

Also, Children of currently serving Armed Forces personnel who join mid-term do not count towards class size figures (and the Welsh Government’s aim of 30 or under). This exemption relates to the children of Armed Forces personnel and other specific groups, such as looked after children.

Apply for a school placement.

Free Swimming at Maindy Pool

Maindy Centre facilitates operates an Armed Forces Free Swimming Scheme (AFFS)which gives access for all ‘adult recreational swimming’ as timetabled at Maindy Pool Only

  • AFFS applies only to: Veterans and Armed Forces Personnel on leave and who reside in Wales
  • AFFS scheme DOES NOT apply to spouses/partners, family members or friends
  • Veterans over the age of 60 will automatically qualify for the 60+ FSI scheme
  • Veterans and Armed Forces Personnel MUST hold valid ‘MOD Defence Privilege Card’
  • An ‘Active Cardiff Course Card’ will be issued on production of the ‘MOD Defence Privilege Card’ and completion of the Councils’ AFFS application form.
  • All AFFS application forms to be sent to the Active Office for processing
  • Only Active Cardiff Course Cards can be used in Cardiff, cards or memberships from other Welsh Authorities are not valid, a new application form will need to be completed.
  • A replacement course card will charged at £3.00

Supporting Service Children in Education – Digital Stories

The Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru (SSCE Cymru) project continues to go from strength to strength. Having secured a third year of funding from the MoD Education Support Fund digital stories and films have been developed to provide additional training and raise awareness of the challenges faced by service children. Created by Service children through a series of workshops and interviews the digital stories give a unique perspective into the life of Armed Forces children living in Wales. More information about the work of SSCE Cymru can be found here