Children can start school (Reception class) in the September following their fourth 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 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
The closing date for applications was 15 January 2020 and offer decisions were published 16 April 2020.
View the latest reception admission summary (pdf)
Now that the academic year has started, make a late application by completing an in-year transfer 2020/2021 application.
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.
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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