Admission to primary school

Schools

Children can start school in the September following their fourth birthday.

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 clarify 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.

Reception applications for September 2018

The closing date for September 2018 applications was 12 January 2018 and decisions were issued 16 April 2018.

View the current summary of allocated reception places (pdf)  

Make a late application by downloading the 2018 reception application form (pdf)  

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

Reception applications for September 2019

Apply online for a September 2019 reception school place between 5 November 2018 and 14 January 2019.

Decisions will be issued 16 April 2019.

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

New school at Glan Llyn development

The full statutory consultation on the council's proposal to establish a new two-form entry English-medium primary school on the Glan Llyn development  has ended.

The school is due to open in September 2019 and you will be able to apply for a place between 5 November 2018 and 14 January 2019.

Read more about the Glan Llyn school proposal.

In-year applications

Read about and apply for in-year applications outside the normal admissions round.

Oversubscription criteria for admission to primary school

Where there are more applications for a particular school 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, we have a duty to admit the child to the named setting 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 or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
  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 or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
  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. 

Contact

Email school.admissions@newport.gov.uk or telephone (01633) 656656