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 Reception in September 2019
Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 can apply for a September 2019 Reception place.
In-year applications can be made at any time for admissions outside of the normal admissions round.
Download the in-year application form 2019/2020 (pdf)
Download the school admissions policy 2019/2020 (pdf)
Read about catchment areas in Newport.
When you make your application for school you will be asked to confirm your school preferences - have you considered a Welsh-medium education for your child?
You should contact voluntary aided (faith) schools directly for an application form.
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.
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