Children can start school (Reception) in the September following their fourth birthday.
An application must be made for every child wanting a Reception place.
Parents are able to delay admission until the term following their child's fifth birthday and the place will be held.
Entry cannot be delayed beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth 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.
Applications for September 2020
Apply now for a September 2020 reception school place for children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.
- Applications open 6 November 2019
- Applications close 15 January 2020
- Decisions will be issued 16 April 2020
Proposed new Welsh school
The establishment of a new Welsh-medium seedling primary school is proposed from September 2020 at the former Caerleon Lodge Hill Infant School, initially as a seedling provision for nursery and reception pupils only.
The consultation for this proposal closed 13 September 2019 and a consultation report, which will include recommendations on next steps, will be published shortly.
While the council is therefore unable at this stage to guarantee that the school will open as planned in September 2020, parents may express the proposed school as a preference.
You are advised to also select alternative preferences for existing schools, details of which can be found in the School Admissions Policy 2020/21.
If the planned opening of the new primary school is deferred, your second preference will be considered.
Read more about the proposed Welsh-medium primary school
Please email email@example.com or telephone the school admissions team on (01633) 656656 with any queries.
Apply for a September 2020 Reception school place
Or print and complete a reception school application form (pdf)
You should contact voluntary aided (faith) schools for their application form.
Download the school admissions policy 2020/2021 (pdf)
Read about catchment areas in Newport.
When making your application you will be asked to confirm your school preferences.
Expressing a preference does not guarantee admission to your chosen school but it will give your child priority over children whose parents have not expressed a preference for it.
If you do not express a preference, or you submit your application after the closing date it will be less likely that your child will be able to attend the school of your choice.
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, 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:
- Looked-after children (children in public care) and previously looked-after children
- Pupils living within the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
- Pupils living within the catchment area but with relevant siblings
- Pupils living within the catchment area
- Pupils living outside the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
- Pupils living outside the catchment area but with relevant siblings
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01633) 656656