Primary school


Children can start school (Reception class) in the September following their 4th birthday.

An application must be made for every child wanting a place.

Parents are able to delay admission until the term following their child's 5th birthday and the place will be held.  

Entry cannot be delayed beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s 5th birthday, or beyond the school year for which the application was made.

Before deciding whether to defer your child’s entry to school, you should contact your preferred school(s) to ask how they cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school. 

Before making an application...

  • Check that your child is the correct age to apply
  • Check the application opening and closing dates
  • Do you know your catchment area?
  • Check that you understand the oversubscription criteria (below) and where your child will fit 

Apply for a September 2021 Reception place

Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 can apply for a Reception 2021 place.

  • Applications closed 13 January 2021
  • Decisions will be issued 16 April 2021

To make a late application complete the September 2021 Reception school application form (pdf)

Download the school admissions policy 2021/2022 (pdf)

You should contact voluntary aided (faith) schools for their application form.

Catchment area changes from September 2021 

Welsh-medium catchment areas will change from September 2021, if you are applying for a reception place for 2021 you will need to check what your catchment school will be before making your application.

Read about school catchment areas in Newport

Please email with any queries.

A new Welsh-medium primary school will open from September 2021, initially for only nursery and reception age pupils, in the vacant former Caerleon Lodge Hill infant school building, where it will stay for two years before moving permanently to the current Pillgwenlly Primary School site.  

Oversubscription criteria for admission to primary school 

If the number of preferences for a school is fewer than or equal to the number of places available, all applicants will be admitted.

However, where there are more preferences than there are places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied to decide which children should be admitted. 

Where a school is named in a statement of Special Educational Needs/Individual Development Plan (IDP), the council has a duty to admit the child to the school before the over-subscription criteria is applied against applications received, this will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.

If the total number of preferences for admission to a school exceeds the number of places the following order of priority will be applied to allocate the available places:

  1. Looked-after children (children in public care) and previously looked-after children;
  2. Pupils living within the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds;
  3. Pupils living within the catchment area but with relevant siblings;
  4. Pupils living within the catchment area;
  5. Pupils living outside the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds;
  6. Pupils living outside the catchment area but with relevant siblings;
  7. Pupils living outside the catchment area.

After considering the above categories, or if the number of applications in any one of the above categories exceeds the published admission number, priority will be based on those living closest to the preferred school. 

If you express more than one preference, all of your school choices will be considered equally and a place offered at your most preferred school where a place is available.


Email or telephone (01633) 656656

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