Admission to secondary school

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Children transfer from primary to secondary school (Year 7) at the start of the school year in which they will reach their twelfth birthday. 

School admission survey 2017

Help us to plan and improve future school provision by telling us what you consider when choosing a school - please take a few minutes to complete our short school admission survey.   

Year 7 applications for September 2018 

You can apply online for a secondary school place between 2 October 2017 and 30 November 2017.

Decisions will be issued 1 March 2018. 

Apply for a secondary school place online

Children currently in Year 6 of a Newport school should have received a letter explaining the application process.

A UID number is not needed to make an online application, simply select 'no UID' when prompted.

Applying online will ensure that your application is received by the closing date and you will be able to log-in to view your decision on the offer date.

If you don't have internet access at home, free access is available at Newport Libraries or you can download a 2018 secondary school application form (pdf)

Please contact voluntary aided (faith) schools direct for an application form.

View a summary of September 2017 secondary school place allocation (pdf)

In-year applications

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

Oversubscription criteria

Where there are more applications for a particular school than there are places available, we will apply these criteria to decide which children should be admitted. 

Oversubscription criteria for admission to secondary school

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 secondary school exceeds the number of places then 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 these 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